This week, for some reason, I was reminded of the Bophuthatswana Transport Holdings slogan: Don’t take a chance, take a bus.
This tagline really did deliver the goods – most of us used those buses instead of minibus taxis, which were quicker.
What reminded me of this slogan was my second Covid-19 jab, which I got this week.
For me, it’s about doing the right thing, which is to vaccinate, and I feel proud of myself.
Unlike some people, getting vaccinated was not a hard decision to make because I have never had issues with having injections.
During my endless travels around the continent reporting on sports, I had to take yellow fever jabs every six or so years and would gladly do so without any hesitation.
So after my second jab, I decided to be selfish and put myself first, ahead of other people’s interests. I have now taken a decision not to allow those who have not vaccinated near me.
In fact, they have until December to do the right thing or I’ll shut them out of my life until they have complied.
I have nothing against them and this decision is nothing personal. As much as I respect their rights, they must also respect mine.
Unfortunately, it had to come to this because of personal experiences. I have lost people close to me due to Covid-19 and the last thing I want to hear is someone telling me that vaccines don’t work.
At first we used to hear about Covid-related deaths as they happened far away from us, to people we didn’t know. But eventually it hit home. I bet there’s no one who can claim that they don’t know anyone who has succumbed to this dreadful virus, because that would be a lie.
This calls for a change of attitude and how we do things because it can’t be business as usual.
I don’t care if any of my family members and friends call me names or say that I’m selfish, this is about my life.
I have seen how reckless people are out there, with little to no regard for lockdown restrictions at all. People behave as if Covid doesn’t exist and it is heartbreaking to witness.
The message to vaccinate and that of Covid health protocols has been spread enough now. In the words of the late former president Nelson Mandela, “it’s in our hands”.
It’s only our behaviour and attitude towards this killer virus that will see us through. Let us protect ourselves and our families, and observe all medical and scientific advice. So, please don’t take a chance, take a jab.