PSL chairman Khoza after taking his Covid-19 vaccine: 'The efficacy of vaccines is beyond question'

Irvin Khoza (chairman) of the PSL during the Premier Soccer League press conference at PSL Headquarters on April 09, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Irvin Khoza (chairman) of the PSL during the Premier Soccer League press conference at PSL Headquarters on April 09, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman Irvin Khoza has had his Covid-19 vaccine and encouraged all South Africans to follow suit.

In a written statement released by the PSL on Tuesday morning‚ Khoza (73) said he took the vaccine not only for his safety‚ but that of “every person who is going to come into contact with me”.

“The efficacy of vaccines is beyond question. Over the years vaccines have helped us as a country to keep the doctor away and grow a healthy nation‚” Khoza wrote.

“The world has become a village. International trade and travel are at a level where we need to defend against ailments that may originate far from home and yet spread like wildfire the world over.

“The health security of the world is enjoined. Every single person in the world is vulnerable.

“I have taken the vaccine not only for my safety‚ but for the safety of every person who is going to come into contact with me. There are certain important things in life which unless we do together won’t work. Just like safety on the road depends on all drivers observing the rules‚ vaccines work when we do them as a collective.

“When your time comes to be vaccinated please do your part. We have achieved near miracles when we all do what we need to do. This is one such moment.”

South Africa's Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout‚ for people over 60‚ began on Monday.

For herd immunity to be achieved 67 percent of South Africans need to be vaccinated.