President Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa writes in his weekly newsletter that he is not surprised to see young people getting vaccinated against Covid-19 with such determination. “Since the pandemic broke 17 months ago, young South Africans have been an integral part of the national effort to fight the coronavirus. “
Dear South African compatriot,
Today I want to talk to the young people of South Africa. Young people are showing up in impressive numbers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It fills me with great pride. Over half a million South Africans registered on opening day for over 18s.
The young people of our country give us all hope that the end of this difficult time is in sight.
Looking at the young people interviewed in the queue at the vaccination centers, I was impressed by their enthusiasm and enthusiasm. Above all, I was impressed with their knowledge of the vaccine, how it can protect and why it is needed.
I have heard young men and women talk about the need to protect those at risk in their communities. I read an article online by a young person urging those following her on social media to be aware of the early days of the HIV / AIDS pandemic, when young people died needlessly because they believed in fake stories circulating then that antiretroviral drugs were lethal. , or because they ignored the advice to practice safe sex.
The words of Frantz Fanon
The maturity that young people have brought to the important task of vaccinating as many South Africans as possible is reminiscent of the words of Frantz Fanon, that it is up to each generation to discover and fulfill its mission.
In 1994, millions of South Africans lined up to complete the liberation mission. Many young people stood in these long lines to vote for the first time.
Today, it is the turn of the new generation of young people.
The young people of today are called to mobilize and to be at the forefront of this decisive moment in the life of our nation.
Last week, we passed the milestone of 10 million doses of vaccines administered. Nearly five million people are fully vaccinated, which means they have received one dose of the J&J vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. But we still have a long way to go.
This is where young people come in. We call on them to come out and get vaccinated so that we reach our goal.
I was not surprised to see young people tackling this task with such determination. Since the pandemic erupted 17 months ago, young South Africans have been an integral part of the national effort to fight the coronavirus.
We have seen young people take steps to keep themselves and others safe. We have seen trainings of young people and community organizations, young leaders, influencers and content creators using their platforms to share public health messages with their peers.
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Young people were brave and outspoken when they saw friends or popular figures breaking the rules at parties, grooves and gatherings. They called them.
We saw how young people contributed to the national vaccination campaign, even when they were not yet eligible themselves.
We are proud of the young volunteers in our communities, like those at #GrandkidsforGogos who have helped older people get vaccinated at social grant payment points. A young volunteer was asked what motivates her and she replied, “I am where I am because of the elderly.
I often hear such powerful words from young people. Despite the hardships caused by the pandemic, they remain optimistic and still want to be of service to our country. By getting vaccinated, they not only protect themselves, but also those around them.
There is still a lot of shady content going around on the vaccine. These conspiracy theories are far-fetched, and I once again call on young people not to pass them on.
These messages are harmful and make people hesitate to get vaccinated. It is not only harmful to young people, but to many others, including those at risk who really need the vaccine.
Young people are digital natives. They are more tech savvy than any generation that came before them. It is important that they help disseminate the correct information on vaccines provided by the Department of Health and the World Health Organization.
We would like young people to become traveling advertisements for the vaccination process. We call on young people to post pictures of themselves getting vaccinated.
These vaccines are safe. They work. They do not affect anyone’s performance in any way. Most importantly, they save lives.
Young people have always been the engines of progress, innovation and change.
You are determined to build a better and brighter future. We must emerge from this health crisis in order to be able to recover and rebuild ourselves.
I want to salute those who had their jab.
I also want to thank all the youth organizations, leaders and influencers for their efforts to encourage young people to get vaccinated, and I call on them to continue this work.
Your time is now. Go get your jab. This is your mission and your chance to accomplish it.
With my best wishes,