Struggle stalwart Sophie Williams-de Bruyn on Wednesday received her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Johannesburg’s Alexander Community Health Care Centre.
The last surviving organiser of the 1956 Women’s March has since pleaded with communities not to drop their guard now that the COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme is underway.
The 83-year-old is among several leaders who have agreed to take the vaccine publicly as part of mobilising the rest of society to participate in the mass vaccination programme.
According to the Gauteng Health Department, leaders from various sectors of society have been publicly receiving their vaccinations as part of efforts to address vaccine hesitancy and concerns around its safety.
“People shouldn’t oppose but come and have their vaccine because it is to protect ourselves. It does not mean that you won’t catch COVID-19. All that it means is that it’s just another protection against COVID-19,” said Williams-de Bruyn.
She has also called on citizens to continue to observe the non-pharmaceutical protocols by keeping to the protocols of social distancing, the washing of hands and wearing the masks.
“People should wear their masks properly because sometimes when we wear the mask, we don’t wear it properly.”
She has urged citizens to be disciplined when it comes to hygiene.
“I would encourage everybody to have their vaccination. We see what is happening in the world. It’s not only our country. In fact, in some of the countries, it’s even worse.”