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Mpumalanga bikers drive COVID-19 vaccine message

Mpumalanga bikers working with department of health in encouraging people to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
Written by Bulelwa Maphanga

A group of bikers in Mpumalanga have joined forces with the province’s health department to encourage people to get the COVID-19 jab.

At least 3 000 bikers have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Limpopo and hopes are high that bikers from the Mpumalanga province will also come out in their numbers to get the jab, said Sun Riders Motorcycle Club (MCC) president Zacharia Mojalefa.

Mojalefa explained that Sun Riders MCC has partnered with the Mpumalanga Department of Health to encourage those who are still hesitant to get vaccinated. He said it is important that people do thorough research into vaccinations, rather than believing the myths and rumours that are going around.

“We started the drive in Polokwane and will continue until everyone is vaccinated. Our vision is to care, support and look after the community, hence we decided to assist government in ensuring that everyone gets the jab,” he said

Biker Veli Malambe, who was recently vaccinated, told Health-e News that taking the vaccine is the better option, as many people have been dying from the virus.

“It is better to vaccinate. We will become immune to COVID-19 and we will then be able to get rid of these masks, lockdown will be eased and we will go back to our normal lives again,” he said.

Stop spreading fake news

He called on those who continue to spread fake news about the vaccine to stop. “We understand that it’s an individual’s choice to get the vaccine. There are those who don’t want to take it because they believe they are strong enough to withstand the virus, but I would advise them to take the jab – for their own safety,” said Malambe.

Mpumalanga recorded 690 new cases in the past 24 hours and over 350 000 people have been vaccinated in the province.

Health MEC Sasekani Manzini said the department is working with different sectors, including traditional leaders who have started their vaccination programs.

“More people are coming out (to get vaccinated), which is encouraging. By doing so, it means we will be able to vaccinate everyone in the province,” she said

Manzini appealed to those who continue to discourage others from getting the jab to stop, as it is delaying the country’s vaccination rollout program. – Health-e News

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