NUST staff member, Theodora Nandjaa-Mweuta, spoke to NUST Brief about her decision to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
As soon as the COVID-19 vaccines were available in Namibia, I took a decision which I have thus far not regretted. Out of being a firm believer in medicine, I decided to get the AstraZeneca shot. When I was due for my second jab, I travelled to my village and took it at the Oshikuku Roman Catholic Hospital. In the queue, I was the only ‘second timer’. I immediately became the centre of attention when I informed the nurses that I do not need to fill in forms as I came for the second vaccination. I could see people seeking for reassurance. “What side effects did you have? Which one did you use?” I was asked by people anxiously waiting in line. “People react differently, fortunately I did not have any side effects,” I assured them.
Mid-June my husband started coughing and he went to the pharmacy for self- medication. A week later, the cough was still persistent. We decided to visit a medical doctor. His temperature was 39 degrees Celsius on arrival. He was given medicine and got tested for COVID-19. Two days later he was informed he was positive, while further medical imaging results revealed he had pneumonia.
We isolated together and shared everything, yet I repeatedly tested negative. I am fully vaccinated and I strongly believe this is why I was able to care for my husband when he tested positive for COVID-19. He has since fully recovered, and we continue doing our best to stay safe.