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 was the first South African and health care worker to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on 17 February 2021 at Khayelitsha Hospital. Picture: Twitter/@DrZweliMkhize

CAPE TOWN - The first South African and first healthcare worker to have received a COVID-19 vaccination helped deliver a 4.3kg baby boy shortly after receiving her jab.

Nurse Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi and her colleagues received their Johnson & Johnson vaccinations at Khayelitsha District Hospital on Wednesday.

They were followed by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Doctor Zweli Mkhize.

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”.

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