Piyushi Kotecha, CEO of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, said, "We’re relieved that the Arch and Mrs Tutu have now been vaccinated against Covid-19 and support the call for all eligible citizens in the age of 60 who have not yet signed up for the jab to do so urgently.
“Vaccination is the only safe way for countries to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission that has ravaged families, societies and economies across the world. Without it, we cannot get back to normal life again. To achieve mass immunity, we need everyone to get vaccinated. If even one person is left out of access to vaccines, the whole world stays at risk,” she said.
Among the few elderly people who marked the launch was 73-year Chris and his wife Roxanne Mouton, 66, from Vredehoek. The couple were ‘very optimistic’ about the vaccination programme and considered themselves lucky to be the first members of the general population to be vaccinated. “Do you know how lucky we are? We are very lucky ... there are still millions waiting for the opportunity ... that means we are very, very lucky,” they said.
Verna Andrews, 70, from Kensington was “excited and proud that I can do this for all our senior citizens".
“They must know that we all have to be vaccinated so that we can be safe and go out and be with our loved ones and families as normal, but not forgetting that we must still sanitise and wear our masks.”