Ramaphosa: Youth leading the charge in encouraging getting vaccinated

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Sean Dicker, 20, at the Zwartkops Raceway drive-thru vaccination site getting his jab, 20 August 2021, as the vaccine roll-out is made available for over 18's, Pretoria. PHOTO: Jacques Nelles

In his weekly letter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was filled with pride when he witnessed the enthusiasm the youth of South Africa have exhibited in getting the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Citizen, vaccines for 18 to 34-year-olds opened this week, with over 500,000 South Africans enrolling on the first day they could register.

He said the youth were giving South Africa hope “that an end to this time of hardship is within our sights”.

Young people breaking down barriers of misinformation and encouraging people of all cultures and age groups to disregard false stories is integral to get the country closer to reaching its vaccine goal.

Although impressed, Ramaphosa said he was not surprised that young people were acting with such determination, and encouraged them to continue being “walking adverts” for the vaccination process.

Read his full letter here.

The Citizen