...By Roland Peterson for TDPel Media.
The Progressive Health Forum has urged the public in South Africa to prioritise COVID-19 booster shots, even as the health system recovers from the pandemic.
The call comes after the World Health Organization recently announced that the disease is no longer considered a global health emergency.
While healthcare facilities are experiencing less pressure, it is still important for people to get their COVID-19 booster shots and flu shots to minimise the threat of infections and to relieve pressure off health facilities.
The forum’s Aslaam Dasoo said that those over 50 should have had two boosters after the initial vaccines by now.
The National Department of Health has warned that the end of COVID-19 as a global health emergency does not mean the pandemic is over.
The department recommends vaccinations, especially for high routine health services, and will continue to offer services aimed at preventing and treating COVID, including vaccination services.
While COVID infection rates have dropped drastically over the last year, it still remains a risk for elderly people and those living with comorbidities.
The statement from the advocacy group highlights the importance of continuing to vaccinate against COVID-19 and to remain vigilant, even as infection rates drop.
The COVID-19 pandemic placed tremendous strain on health services in South Africa over the last three years, and it is crucial to continue to take precautions to prevent another spike in infections.
The call for booster shots is particularly important for those over 50, who are at higher risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19.