denosa thumb medium60 92News24 reports that the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) will be disappointed if healthcare workers do not take the Covid-19 vaccine, which is expected to be rolled out in the coming weeks.  

The union remarked that, although the first 80,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine were not enough for the over one million healthcare workers in the country, it was a step in the right direction in the fight against the virus.  Denosa also called for healthcare workers in rural areas not to be left behind during the rollout.  The union’s spokesperson, Sibongiseni Delihlazo, was speaking at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, where health workers were receiving their first jabs on Wednesday.  Seventeen vaccination centres across the country have been identified for the rollout.  President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize joined healthcare workers at the Khayelitsha District Hospital in being among the first to receive the J&J vaccines.  Delihlazo commented that a bigger quantity of the vaccine would have been better, but they hoped the delivery of more doses would be expedited.  He also said health workers were nervous because the vaccine was in high demand, which was why they hoped there would be honesty around its delivery across the country.

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