Dr Tasneem Esack from Victoria Hospital and Mark Corner from Lady Michaelis day hospital are the first two health-care workers in the Plumstead/Wynberg area to be vaccinated against Covid-19
They were vaccinated on Friday February 19, at Groote Schuur Hospital, one of three central vaccination sites at this stage.
Mr Corner, who lives in Glencairn, is a clinical nurse practitioner in school health services and says that part of his job is to run campaigns similar to those of the vaccine roll-out.
“Now I have a greater sense as to what the children I serve experience before receiving their vaccines,” he says.
“I chose to take the vaccine to feel free to provide continued service to the community and be less fearful about contracting the virus.”
He believes that by being among the first group of health-care workers to receive the vaccine, he is making a difference.
“We’ve been trusting the medical staff all the years by taking vaccines, so I would urge the community to help us by placing their trust in the medical field once again and to vaccinate when the opportunity arises.”
Dr Esack, who lives in Diep River and is married with two children and six pets, is currently completing her Master’s degree in public health.
“I’m passionate about infection prevention and control, anything related to infectious disease and public health. I’m excited about taking the vaccine as I believe it serves as a beacon of hope… for myself and my colleagues who have tirelessly worked on the front line all these months.”
Dr Esack believes the vaccine will make a difference in helping health workers manage and reduce the spread of Covid-19, thereby helping to save lives and reduce morbidity associated with the virus.
“We can hopefully return to some sort of ‘normal’ eventually through vaccinating,” she said.
Dr Esack encourages everyone to get vaccinated. “I’ve done it. So should you. It is an effective way to protect those we love,” she says.
Department of Health spokesperson Shimoney Regter says vaccines have been developed to save lives by reducing the chances of illness.
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