Marizka Coetzer
3 minute read
16 May 2022
5:30 am

Vaccine hesitancy, infectious nature of Omicron to blame for Covid-19 spike

Marizka Coetzer

South Africa has continued to record more than 8,000 new Covid-19 cases a day

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination hub location in League City, Texas. Photo: AFP/Mark Felix

Experts say vaccine hesitancy coupled with the infectious nature of the Omicron variant is to blame for the current Covid-19 spike. Democratic Alliance shadow MEC for health Jack Bloom said the recent spike of Covid-19 infections was driven by a more infectious Omicron subvariant. Moreover, it was spreading because people were spending time indoors due to colder weather. “The vaccines often don’t prevent an infection but they are very good at preventing severe disease,” he said. Covid-19 spike in South Africa Vaccine hesitancy to blame Bloom said the main problem was not how many people had the boosters, but the...