Healthcare workers ask: ‘Why are we the guinea pigs?’

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Healthcare workers take care of patients in a temporary structure outside Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria earlier this year. The structure was erected when the hospital ran out of space for patients. Picture: Alet Pretorius / Gallo Images
Healthcare workers take care of patients in a temporary structure outside Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria earlier this year. The structure was erected when the hospital ran out of space for patients. Picture: Alet Pretorius / Gallo Images

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Some nurses and unions around the country have taken a stand against Covid-19 vaccinations, as the country tries to grapple with the news of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine not offering adequate protection against the variant of the virus that has been dominant in the country since December.

Healthcare workers will be the first in the country to receive the vaccinations. However, nurses say that government is trying to make them into guinea pigs because there is still uncertainty about how the vaccine will affect people.

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