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Big hugs are in order after long-isolated grannies get their ...


Big hugs are in order after long-isolated grannies get their jabs at last

It’s been a long drought of no physical contact, but that is about to change with SA’s second-phase rollout

Paul Ash, Graeme Hosken and Naledi Shange

“It was six months ago that I last hugged my grandchildren. It’s been so long since I had someone hold me. I hope that after today I can hold my grandchildren soon.”

Fighting back tears as nurses prepared her for her Covid-19 vaccine, Jacoline Visagie, a resident of the Eersterust Welfare Organisation for the Aged in Pretoria, said she had been living for this day.

In January, 10 residents from the old-age home died in hospital from Covid-19. The centre’s CEO Kenneth Rosenberg believes the deaths occurred after a Christmas party that residents held with their families at the centre...

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