A word from our old friend Covid

Great news: Covid-19 infections in SA have dramatically dropped. If you look at a graph of the third wave, infections have plummeted and the wave is well and truly over. The pandemic, however, is not. 🤕

Over the past week, daily new infections averaged around 600 a day. At the third wave’s height in July, new cases were sometimes spiking close to 20 000 a day. Meanwhile, 11 million South Africans have been fully vaccinated – less than a third of the number needed to reach herd immunity, but way better than the paltry 200 000 we were sitting at in March. Plus, news that children aged 12-18 can now get vaccinated could be a game changer – this potentially adds around six million people to the country’s vaccination programme.

As a parent, you should know that the Children’s Act states children aged 12 and older CAN consent to their own medical treatment. That means it’s up to your kids if they want to get vaxxed or not, but we do encourage you to educate your children on the importance and benefits of getting the jab. Tell them it increases their chances of going on vac, for instance – we bet that will work! 😉

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 21 October 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.