‘I feel honored,’ says nurse who vaccinated President Ramaphosa


By Robin-Lee Francke Feb 19, 2021

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CAPE TOWN – The sister of Khayelitsha District Hospital who administered the coronavirus vaccine to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said she couldn’t be prouder.

Sister Milanie Bennett, a nurse for 25 years, made history by administering the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to health workers, as well as to Ramaphosa.

“I am very proud and honored to have administered the first vaccine today. We have made history and I am very proud to have been a part of it.

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“I am grateful for the vaccine and the role I play in administering it. We are now part of history by fighting Covid-19 with the vaccine. The vaccine will save countless lives, ”Bennett said.

She has been eagerly awaiting the rollout of the vaccine since completing her training as a vaccinator and is registered in the database to receive it herself when her turn comes.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrived in South Africa on Tuesday evening.

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Bennett urges all health workers to get vaccinated.

“The vaccine reduces your chances of getting severe Covid-19,” she says.

Bennett said her family were extremely proud of her and supported her to get the vaccine. She said her husband has indicated that he will also take the vaccine when it is his turn.

“I also received a message that my teachers and the community in my hometown are very happy and proud of me,” she added.

According to Worldometer, an online data portal, South Africa currently has 1,498,766 cases, a total of 1,403,214 recoveries and 48,708 deaths.

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South Africa has seen a slight drop in Covid-19 numbers since the second wave hit; however, experts have warned that the country could be in a third wave.

Vaccine deployments will begin Monday at Khayelitsha District Hospital and Bennett will be among the beneficiaries.

The Western Cape received 13,160 doses of vaccine for the private and public sectors.

As of Thursday, 385 health workers from Groote Schuur and Tygerberg hospitals had been vaccinated.



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