EARLY Childhood Development (ECD) worker Nonhlanhla Nene fought her fear of the Covid-19 vaccine and got the jab.

“I was scared because I had been hearing rumours about the vaccine but I told myself I shouldn’t be scared and avoid listening to rumours.”

The 38-year-old employee of Sekhulasonke Day Care in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni, spoke to Daily Sun while waiting in the vaccination queue at a local youth centre on Monday 19 July.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu and acting health minister Moloko Kubayi-Ngubane launched the vaccination process for the ECD sector at Rabasotho Vaccination Centre in Tembisa and the youth centre in Thokoza, both in Ekurhuleni.

Nene said: “Creches are important, especially to parents who’re working and need a safe place for their kids. It’s important that we get vaccinated. I was scared but also excited to get the vaccine because I am going to be protected and protect the children we look after every day.”

Addressing early childhood development workers in Thokoza, Zulu criticised those who said they should not be prioritised.

“We’re prioritising you because we take our sector very seriously. You are the ones in charge of the well-being of our children,” she said.

Zulu said it was important for the workers to adjust to necessary behavioural changes to combat the pandemic and to be better equipped with knowledge.

“Don’t leave your neighbours behind. Sometimes others don’t have information and some don’t know where to go and what to do.”

Zulu said word of mouth would encourage more people to get vaccinated. Over five million people have been vaccinated in Mzansi so far.