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hpcsaNews24 reports that the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) has urged healthcare workers to take the Covid-19 vaccine when it arrives in the country.  

"The announced procurement of over one million Covid-19 vaccines – prioritised mainly for healthcare workers – by the Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize is a welcome development and augurs well for the positive long-term management of the disease.  The HPCSA welcomes this programme and is hopeful that it will be implemented effectively and efficiently.  The HPCSA further urges healthcare workers to make themselves available for vaccination as this will protect them against contracting the disease, which can only be of benefit to South Africans dependent on care from them," the statutory body stated on Tuesday.  A rapid rise in cases is anticipated in the healthcare system during the new surge of infections.  At the same time, there is some unfounded scepticism over the safety of vaccines, with some people going as far as claiming that vaccines may be part of a sinister plot to control the world, and that kitchen cupboard remedies may be safer.  The council reiterated growing concerns that healthcare workers were overburdened during the huge resurgence.  "This will have a rippling effect on the efficiency and functioning of the healthcare system," the HPCSA warned.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jenni Evans at News24

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