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History has been made as the first COIVD-19 vaccines have been administered in South Africa.

Among the first few patients was President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was joined by healthcare staff in Khayelitsha on Wednesday.

South Africa is the first country in the world to make use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Government has decided that healthcare workers across the country will be the first group to get vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the first phase of vaccination.

Nurse, Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi, was the first South African and healthcare worker to receive the vaccine.

Health minister, Zweli Mkhize, also got his vaccination on Wednesday and said that, as leaders, they remained committed to protecting South Africans against the pandemic.

According to EWN, government said that more than 400,000 health workers had already registered on the electronic vaccine data system to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

The President made jokes while being injected with the vaccine and gave a big thumbs up before addressing the national and international press outside the hospital.

“I would like to say to all the doomsayers, who have been preaching that there is going to be total mayhem and disaster; let’s all have hope and faith in our system, in our health workers, and let’s give them an opportunity to do what they do best.”

Watch the eNCA video below to see how President Cyril Ramaphosa got vaccinated on Wednesday.

Image credit: Deccan Herald

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