Immunisation is vital against Covid-19

With the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic caused by the Coronavirus, the vital importance of immunisation will be highlighted again when World Immunisation Week is celebrated from April 24 to 30.

It was critical that an antidote be found urgently to this totally unknown and unexpected virus which spread like wildfire and which effected and changed each and everyone’s lives – old and young, rich or poor.

A child receives immunisation drops during a Rotary project.

Pharmaceutical companies all over the world were tasked to make use of all their available resources to manufacture a product in record time that could be used by millions and could reach all inhabitants around the globe conveniently and speedily.

More than millions of people have already been immunised and the number multiplies daily depending on the availability of supplies.

Rotary International and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners felt a moral obligation to leverage their knowledge and success in fighting Polio and other diseases to combat Covid-19, the worst pandemic in a century.

Rotary is an organisation of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

At present it has 36 490 clubs all over the world with 1 182 601 members.

Rotary of the Hibiscus Coast (M&U) has donated an average of R15 000 annually towards ending polio.

When the GPEI was launched in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year.

Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent and just two countries continue to report cases of the wild poliovirus – Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sadly, there is a growing resistance and misinformation towards the current immunisation programme of the coronavirus.

While it is understandable that some are reluctant to take the anti-Covid-19 immunisation injection, the percentage of failures is minute.

We have an ethical responsibility to protect ourselves and all others around us to strive towards completely eradicating this dreadful enemy and return to the life we had before when we could communicate and be together without the threat of Covid-19 constantly reminding us to – keep our distance.


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