Alex Japho Matlala
2 minute read
12 Jul 2021
7:45 am

Why Limpopo gogo, aged 122, got her vaccination

Alex Japho Matlala

Masoko Lebea was rejected by the machines at the Kgapane Hospital because only people those born after 1900 could be vaccinated.

Vaccines at the Discovery vaccine centre at Gallagher estate in Midrand, 7 July 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

After being rejected by the Electronic Vaccination Delivery System (EVDS) at the Kgapane Hospital outside Modjadjiskloof, a Limpopo centenarian, Masoko Lebea, went back home disillusioned. The only thing in the mind of the 122-year-old granny was that her days were numbered and that she was about to join her ancestors. Lebea was rejected by the machines at the hospital because only people those born after 1900 could be vaccinated. But Lebea was born on 5 July, 1899, five months before 1900, which is the date the machines are set to operate from. “I was disillusioned, thinking that maybe I am...