I was one of the first health care workers to get vaccinated in South AfricaUpdated: April 13th, 2021
Dr. Keitumetsi Lucy Sothoane is a young doctor living in South Africa and working at the country’s biggest hospital, the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Johannesburg. She was one of the first health workers in South Africa to get the vaccine when the country began its rollout in February.
I think I speak for all health care workers when I say that this past year has been emotionally and physically exhausting. I never would have imagined that I would have to be on the front lines of managing a global pandemic in this lifetime, especially in this country.
Not only was I choosing to get vaccinated because I was a health care worker who was at risk of contracting the virus, and to lead by example to the general population, but because I had the correct information about vaccines at my disposal to make an informed consent about receiving it — which is paramount to this rollout and to having as many people vaccinated as possible.
I received my single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Feb. 18, 2021. The atmosphere at the vaccination centre was filled with so much excitement and jubilation. It was amazing to witness. We had all been waiting so long for that moment.
You can read Dr. Sothoane’s full account of getting her vaccine, how she felt afterwards, and what she wants people — particularly those in South Africa — to know about the COVID-19 vaccines.