Rapper ProVerb got his jab on Thursday morning and he is proudly telling everyone how easy it was.
The popular 40-year-old rapper whose mom is a doctor said: “I have just got my vaccination at the Houghton drive-through”.
He earned the distinction of being the 15 000th person to get a jab at the centre run by the Muslim Association of South Africa.
“Today we reached the 15 000 mark and couldn’t be more proud. Our 15 000th vaccine went to none other than SA star @ProVerb,” confirmed the association, which is providing free Covid-19 jabs to anyone who walks in and is of eligible age.
“We are a #VacciNation & are committed to continue serving our city, province & nation at large.”
ProVerb, who was born and raised in Kimberley Northern Cape, is the son of Dr Nomonde Thekisho.
The popular rapper’s real name is Tebogo Sidney Thapelo Thekisho.
Making it public that he has taken the jab could go a long way to persuade those who are hesitant.
South African authorities are appealing to eligible people to get the jab. At the moment anyone over 35 years can get a jab.
Health Minister Joe Phaahla has raised concerns about the low rate of vaccination, especially among men – largely blamed on disinformation and fake news.
South Africa has administered more than 9 400 000 vaccines. The aim is to vaccinate at least 40 million.
People between the ages of 18 and 35 are next to receive the jab from 1 September.
Covid-19 vaccines go through a rigorous, multi-stage testing process, including large trials that involve tens of thousands of people.
These trials, which include people at high risk for Covid-19, are speciﬁcally designed to identify any common side effects or other safety concerns.
Once a clinical trial shows that a Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective, a series of independent reviews of the efﬁcacy and safety evidence is required.
Regulatory review and approval are required in the country, where the vaccine is manufactured, before WHO considers a vaccine product for prequaliﬁcation.
There is overwhelming scientiﬁc evidence that vaccination is the best defence against serious infections.
Vaccines do not give you the virus, rather they “teach” your immune system to recognise and ﬁght the infection.