SA opens up COVID vaccinations to 18 year-olds from Friday

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People older than 18 will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine from Friday.

Vaccination of this age group was only supposed to start on the 1st of September but the Deputy Director-General in the Health Department, Dr Nicholas Crisp said on Wednesday that there were enough vaccines in the country to move the date forward.

Vaccines are the best way to ensure that one does not get severely ill and or even die from COVID-19.

The vaccines being administered in South Africa are considered safe and effective.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Professor Mosa Moshabela says there are still concerns about taking the vaccine.

However, Professor Moshabela says the youth are very enthusiastic and he hopes that they can help break the chain of infections.