Sister Rowena Jacobs, a nurse from Groote Schuur Hospital, who has more than 40 years of service in the medical industry under her belt, is not only one of the hospital’s vaccinators, but she recently received her very own COVID-19 vaccination.
Jacobs initially contracted COVID-19 back in March of 2020, when the first wave was still making its rounds around the country. Thankfully, she was able to recover from the virus and return to work, where she recently received a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
While speaking to IOL, Jacobs expressed what it was like to receive the vaccine from a nurse’s point of view.
“I had the vaccination three weeks ago. All staff were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I had no side-effects, although some might experience a fever or swelling,” she said.
Before receiving the vaccine, Jacobs said she was asked a number of questions, including whether she previously had Covid-19, if she had underlying health conditions like hypertension or diabetes, or if she was pregnant at the time of receiving the shot.
During the interview, Jacobs also went on to address the myths surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines by the vaccines babies receive when they’re born. She said, “That baby is unable to speak and yet they are given the vaccination without their consent. That baby also experiences fever, for example, after an injection.”
In terms of how South Africa is handling the vaccine rollout, the number of health care workers vaccinated under the Sisonke Protocol are currently at 231 605, as of March 27, according to SA Corona Virus.