The delay in acceptance or refusal to vaccinate by certain members of society creates an environment of uncertainty to those who have limited or no knowledge at all about vaccination.

Ms Ivy Masondo tested positive for Covid-19 in May 2020 with severe symptoms which saw her hospitalised for a short period.

As a Covid-19 survivor, Ms Masondo knows the pain and frustrations caused by the virus. With all being said, Ms Masondo was still sceptical about vaccination, especially after vaccination hesitancy and conspiracy theories from various social media users around the efficiency of vaccines. News about people who passed on after vaccination did not make it any better for her, anxiety was at its highest level.

Watching news and words encouragement from those around her played a huge role in addressing some of the uncertainties she had regarding vaccination.

“I was on numerous occasions encouraged by my manager, family and friends to go and get vaccinated, but I still could not gather the strength to go get the jab. My husband is in a line of work wherein he is exposed to a lot of people on a daily basis and as a result place me and my kids in a vulnerable position to get re-infected, from there, the need to get vaccinated became a priority”, says Ms Masondo.

It was on the 27th of August 2021 when she finally got the courage to overcome her worst fear, walked into a vaccination centre and got her first jab, “I took it upon myself to protect not only myself but my family, friends, colleagues, and everyone around me. With just minor side effects lasting not more than two days, my Covid-19 vaccination journey has been a tricky but pleasant one. I am due for my next jab in October and encourage everyone to register on EVDS portal and get vaccinated. Together we can beat this virus”, she says.

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