Dear South Africa invites you to provide comment, input, objections or alternate solutions to the government roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced earlier this week the country had secured 20 million vaccine doses to combat the coronavirus, which are to be delivered mainly in the first half of the year. The government aim to inoculate two-thirds of the population by the end of the year.
The vaccination programme announced on Wednesday would target people at shopping malls, taxi ranks, schools, clinics and hospitals.
Last week, the government announced it had struck a deal for an initial 1.5 million doses of a vaccine developed by AstraZeneca Plc and the University of Oxford from The Serum Institute of India Ltd, with the first shipments set to arrive this month.
On top of the list of people to receive the doses will be 200,000 healthcare and health-related workers. Local scientists estimate the country would likely reach herd immunity at around 67% of the population – around 40 million people.
Please have your say on this important matter as a country-wide analysis is essential in order to identify and present information on concerns, possible alternatives and problems facing all communities.
This was my comment:
“I’m not an anti-vaxxer but the unforgivable lack of transparency makes the rollout untrustworthy. Scared and subservient citizens will rush to get it. Conspiracy theorists will persuade more to die. But there are millions, like me, in between. The South African Government will gain more of our trust through education.
1. Name all Covid-19 vaccines that will become available in South Africa this year, via private or Public institutions. State the launch date (or a target date where negotiations for our lives seem promising). Provide a cost list.
2. List all vaccines currently in the global market. Provide a summary of their efficacy backed by evidence. That must be updated as more is learnt e.g. Brazil use of China’s drug found it to be 20% less effective than China claimed. How can such important discrepancy not be debated publicly?
3. As important as the positives, the cons must be stated too e.g. no efficacy is truthful as trialists/subjects who are effectively socially distancing won’t catch the virus yet are automatically added to the drug maker’s victory list.
4. To add weight to the above compliance, historical and current ommissions need filling e.g.
(a) a regular updating on medical oxygen supplies;
(b) a list of covid infections per major hospital (the breakdown including recovered, recovering and dead healthworkers);
(c) an explanation why there appears to be no cooperation with/from our BRICS partners;
(d) why BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) include some of the worst-hit countries and;
(e) why the huge gap between South Africa’s official deaths and excess deaths (the latter double).
Foremost in Government’s mind must be its repeated failure towards us. It’s intolerable that our corrupt, self-serving, non-representatives now have more power over us. Equally powerful is that unavoidability. However, the more information we’re given, the less responsible Government becomes, and the more we’re responsible for our vaccination decision.
Added Concerns (19 January 2021):
- Covid-19 vaccines are a shock to the elderly whose immune system is already compromised. How is existing frailty weighed against vaccination decisions?
- Those with severe allergies have been warned not to take a vaccine but there’s been no proper explanation. I am, like many South Africans, asthmatic. What studies have been done to ensure we’re safe?
- Are the vaccines safe for those taking HIV medication?