This was the call made by Eastern Cape Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth.
Speaking at the launch of a vaccination drive at popular shisanyama and tavern Kopano Meats in Mthatha on Saturday, 25 September, Meth urged people to deny their partners se_x until they were vaccinated.
Some patrons of the tavern agreed with her while others laughed. More than 1,4 million people have been vaccinated but only 38% of them are men.
Meth said: “If the majority of those vaccinated in our province are women and men are not coming to vaccinate, they are a danger to women.
“Now people must be sure they are safe and the fact that you have se_x must not be a road to death. Meeting people and doing what is done by lovers without being sure if that person is vaccinated is dangerous and risky.
“It’s my advice to women to make sure their partners vaccinate, otherwise we are at risk of losing them and infecting other people. We decided to include taverns in our vaccination campaign because we want to go where men socialise and spend their recreational time after work and on weekends.”
Tandolwethu Mjoli (26), who was vaccinated at the pop-up site, said he would be an active campaigner to get more men to get the jab.
“I’m relieved now that I have been vaccinated. I was just too lazy to get the vaccine, not that I was scared of anything,” he said.
“Most people don’t know any better and it’s easy to believe the information we see on social media.”
Ndumiso Phisani (34) said the MEC was right in some ways but wrong in others.
“There are people who don’t believe in vaccines and their partners might use this against them. Yes, it’s important to get more people to vaccinate so we can all be safe but not to the extent where we will not get se_x from our women,” he said.
– Daily Sun