Asked whether she was feeling any side effects, Mpande said there were none.
“I could even run a race right now,” she chuckled as she put away her vaccination card, which instructed her to come back for a second jab next month.
“I hope other elderly people will also come forward.”
Behind Mpande was another resident, Betty Pholoba.
“I am so happy because until today I was anxious. I was hearing on the news about other nations being vaccinated and I kept asking myself, when would it be our turn?” she said.
“I heard the vaccinations would be happening in Joburg and all over the show, so I was ecstatic when they said also at Esangweni, which is on my doorstep.”
Pholoba said the process was smooth, from registration to getting the vaccine. “Others must also come forward and get this vaccine,” she said, making her way out of the clinic.