Expert: Jab can't give you COVID-19

Even though the infection rate remains high, the plea is for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine not to slow down. Experts are also trying to allay fears, saying the vaccine cannot give you the virus. Instead, you’ve likely contracted it before you got the jab. eNCA’s Heidi Giokos reports. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The calls to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination drive have been loud.

But how safe is it to do so amid the third wave of infections?

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Around 3.4 million people in South Africa have so far received their jabs.

Experts are once again reassuring the public of the safety of vaccines.

“It’s important for the public to understand that should individuals get infected with the virus and develop COVID-19 -- especially in the 7 to 10-day period after having been vaccinated -- its not the vaccine that gave them COVID-19, the vaccine is not a live virus," said Prof Shabir Madhi, Professor of Vaccinology at Wits.

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"In fact, the vaccines that we are using has got no ability to cause someone to develop COVID-19, the reason they develop COVID-19 is because it’s been incubating.”

The Health Department says even though COVID-19 cases remain high, the vaccine rollout will most likely be ramped up.

* eNCA’s Heidi Giokos reports.


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