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healthcareTimesLIVE reports that according to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, some health workers have refused to be vaccinated, but won't be forced to do so.  

She was speaking at a media briefing on Sunday, where she said there were "a couple" who have refused to be vaccinated.  "The president and the minister have always indicated that no-one is going to be forced to vaccinate. But we are all required and requested to vaccinate so that we are able to reach that herd immunity percentage that is needed," the MEC indicated.  She added that in instances where health workers were reluctant, they were sometimes counselled to help allay fears. "Sometimes we get the health worker to be spoken to, to see what are the challenges and fears. We see if we are we able to assist with their fears and are we able to counsel them. In a case where a health worker refuses to be vaccinated, we don’t force them. Of course there are processes that need to followed," Simelane-Zulu stated. According to a recent report, a Western Cape health department poll found that only 54% of health workers wanted to be vaccinated. Another 26% were unsure and 19% said they would decline.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Suthentira Govender at TimesLIVE

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