Deputy Minister of Health Sibongiseni Dlomo says dispelling myths around vaccination remain a major challenge, especially among men.
Dlomo has been speaking at the Nguni Hostel in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg.
An event was held to encourage men to undergo medical circumcision, to screen for TB, and to talk about other health matters.
Dlomo says men have not been coming forward in large numbers to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
“We always encourage South Africans, especially men, because men are always lagging behind to get vaccinated. Just last week, the minister was actually indicating to us that we are sitting at 63% of the elderly citizens … 60 years and above who are already vaccinated. We don’t know when the 4th wave is coming. So, if it comes, and most of us are vaccinated, we would have done very well. So, we really encourage men in particular because generally, men are not generally health-seeking species.”
Health Deputy Minister Dr. Sibongiseni Dlomo and the late King Goodwill Zwelitini’s son, Prince Nhlanganiso Zulu will be in Vosloorus today to encourage men to get the COVID-19 vaccine and get circumcised. @TshegoMoagi_ has the latest updates.
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