In the fight against the current global pandemic, vaccinations have been instrumental in reducing the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. These vaccinations also greatly lessen one’s chances of falling seriously ill or dying from the virus. Unfortunately, many South Africans are still putting off getting theirs or show hesitance due to misinformation still making the rounds.
At The Local Choice, we believe in keeping up with the science – and you can trust us to provide you with relevant, up-to-date information on the pandemic and vaccinations. The Local Choice also has dozens of approved vaccine administration branches, and all you need to do is visit the site nearest to you.
Preparing for the Festive Season
The summer holidays are reserved for fun in the sun, family gatherings, and enjoying the seasonal festivities with loved ones. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, it has been difficult for many to see their treasured family and friends. Even while getting out and about and seeing people, there is a high risk for the spread and infection of COVID-19, and the last thing anyone wants to do is spend Christmas in a hospital bed. This season, the best way to show your loved ones that you truly care is to protect yourself and others by visiting your local vaccination site.
In South Africa, the rates for registering for vaccinations and getting the jab still remain relatively low. A large portion of our citizens are, therefore, still vulnerable to the virus. To ensure immunisation by the time the festive season arrives in December, South Africans are encouraged to have received at least their first vaccination dose near the end of October.
Keeping Healthy During the Pandemic
Visiting their nearest COVID-19 vaccination site is not the only thing South Africans can do to boost their health during the pandemic. There are other steps that individuals and families can take to make sure they are protected and healthy. These include:
- Implementing Healthy Habits: This means avoiding habits that can do harm to your body or make you more prone to illness and infection. Quitting smoking, minimising stress, moving regularly, sleeping enough, choosing nutritious food options, and drinking alcohol only in moderation are healthy habits that one can work towards.
- Eating Mindfully: The right food options will help to support your immune system. Resistance to infections, and recovery from them, are boosted with the right diet. Healthy food also helps to prevent and manage conditions like obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease, which put individuals at risk for severe infections.
- Staying Active: Prioritising your physical wellness helps to manage and prevent certain health conditions and is beneficial for your immune system too. Engaging in a physical activity that promotes fitness for at least 30 minutes a day, three times a week is encouraged.
- Looking After Your Mental Health: Due to the pandemic, major changes have occurred on every level of our modern society. For many, these changes bring about uncertainty regarding the future and can create feelings of anxiety, loneliness, hopelessness, and depression. Emotional and physical burnout are also common. Some ways to ease such feelings include seeking professional help, speaking to a trusted individual, and using calming techniques, such as deep breathing or relaxing physical activities.
Where You Can Get Your COVID-19 Vaccinations
There are hundreds of COVID-19 vaccination centres across the country, so citizens are free to find a site that is nearest to them. In South Africa, there are two main COVID-19 vaccinations from which to choose; Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, the latter of which requires two doses. You can visit a nearby vaccination site and find out which option they offer. We at The Local Choice also have dozens of pharmacy clinics that offer not just vaccinations, but other clinic services too.
For more information on where to find a nearby vaccination site, feel free to contact us here.