With children between the ages of 12 and 17 now eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19, 12-year-old fraternal triplets Christopher, Michael and Sarah Williamson have excitedly gone and gotten their Pfizer vaccines.
Though children are less likely to become very ill when infected with Covid-19, they can still become ill, and they spread the virus. For this reason, the mother of the triplets, Nicky Patchett, believes that "the only way we're going to fight Covid as a society is if everybody gets vaccinated."
"It's the right thing to do"
The Cape Town born and bred triplets were thrilled to get their jabs, each with unique reasons, but all especially looking forward to the opportunity to revert to some sort of normality.
"I don't want to die from Covid," says Michael. "And it's the right thing to do," he adds.
"Christopher wants to get vaccinated so he can hug his friends again," says mother, Nicky. "Some of their friends have been already."
Christopher told News24 that he wants to get vaccinated because "if enough people get vaccinated, maybe we can start taking masks off."
"Even when they have their friends over for playdates, they keep their masks on," explains Nicky. "They've gotten used to it, and I think they're looking forward to not wearing their masks with their friends being vaccinated."
Sarah, however, wants to get vaccinated to protect her older sister who is writing her matric exams this year.
"Sarah said she wants to get vaccinated because her big sister's writing exams," explains her mother. "And this is another way to protect her."
Nicky says that she prioritises her children's vaccinations, both for the sake of their health and the health of others.
"If it helps to protect society and get us back to a place where we're able to live more normally and get more jobs, then it must be a good thing," explains the mother of the triplets.
"The more people who get vaccinated, the better."
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