Vaccine influencer? Activist Lebo Mashile slammed after getting Sisonke J&J jab
Lebo Mashile has been dragged on Twitter after posting a series of tweets about receiving the Johnson & Johnson Sisonke vaccine on Wednesday morning.
South Africans have been puzzled about how Mashile qualified for the Sisonke jab which is aimed at healthcare workers.
The TV presenter has denied claims made on Twitter that she has been paid to be a "vaccine influencer" after receiving the jab at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg.
It's understood that Mashile was able to get vaccinated because of her work with the NGO African Alliance.
African Alliance says the Sisonke rollout is now open to all health personnel including admin staff, support staff, trainers, outreach workers, and communications staff.
The actress says she was "tweeting to inform" as part of her "social activism" to raise awareness about the vaccination process.
Getting the vaccine does not make me immune to COVID. I still have to play it safe by wearing a mask in public, social distancing, and sanitizing my hands. Being vaccinated means that should contract COVID, I won’t end up in hospital on a ventilator, & I will not die. I’ll live.— Lebogang Mashile (@lebomashile) May 12, 2021
African Alliance is a health advocacy organization. These are the people who have been fighting to make sure that the same people who have had their bodies used in vaccine trials in this country, namely poor Black people, are able to get the vaccine.— Lebogang Mashile (@lebomashile) May 12, 2021
Meanwhile, some Twitter users aren't convinced by Mashile's explanation or justification for getting the jab at this stage of the rollout.
Here's what some Twitter users had to say:
I am just not convinced a Lebo Mashile is someone who would even influence those that need actual influencing and awareness of Covid-19 and the vaccine chile.I hope the already existent volunteer groups and personnel also getting this vaccine because this is suspect,pls.— Pønky (@NorskBabyP) May 12, 2021
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