Delivering hope & babies: Nurse Gidi-Dyosi's joy at being first to be vaccinated
Sister Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi was in high spirits and said she did not have any side-effects after being vaccinated on Wednesday.
Nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi and her colleagues received their Johnson & Johnson vaccinations at Khayelitsha District Hospital on Wednesday.
Sister Gidi-Dyosi was in high spirits and said she did not have any side-effects after being vaccinated on Wednesday.
"I didn't know that we'd be in the news. I just thought it would be something... I would be called, get the vaccine and done. So, seeing those cameras and presenters, that's when I realised that this is a big thing."
She said she was still on duty after receiving her shot and had to return to the maternity ward after being given the all-clear.
"For a few minutes, I was kept for observation, then I could go back to the ward because I was on duty yesterday. I had to conduct a delivery immediately after I arrived."
Gidi-Diyosi was proud that she could receive her COVID-19 inoculation ahead of Ramaphosa and Mkhize.
"I am feeling so special because I was the first one before the president and health minister."
The Health Products Regulatory Authority had to authorise the president's inoculation since only healthcare workers were given the all-clear to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during this phase.
The body believed Ramaphosa getting the jab would “assist greatly in encouraging vaccine uptake and reduce vaccine hesitancy”.