By Tamlyn Canham
Lebo Mashile has shared her views on how to increase the number of men getting vaccinated for COVID-19.
Officials revealed this week that many men are refusing to get the vaccine.
Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, says the current ratio is 60% of women against 40% of men.
Men have been urged to get vaccinated as health officials ramp up COVID-19 vaccine drives across the country.
Lebo says women have been carrying men for years by ensuring they get tested for their health.
“For years HIV stats in SA for men have largely been based on women, especially pregnant women, testing. Men with women are healthier & live longer,” she tweeted.
The poet and actress added that women should consider withholding sex from their partners.
“For our own sake, women need to normalize making pumpum access conditional on getting a vaccine & general COVID regulation adherence.”
A Twitter user agreed with Lebo’s remarks.
“Yep, yep, yep. Even our programmes aimed at men (MSMs), the turnout is not where we would like it to be. It’s like people are expecting the people they are sleeping with to be their HCWs, which sucks because most are having one night stands so how do we then have a stat?”
Lebo suggested vaccine passports could help.
“Vaccine passports should be a part of every day life. Take it with you when you go out & know that you’re open to hooking up with someone. The same way you make sure you have condoms.”
Vaccine passports should be a part of every day life. Take it with you when you go out & know that you’re open to hooking up with someone. The same way you make sure you have condoms.
— Lebogang Mashile (@lebomashile) August 15, 2021
Celebrities get vaccinated
Several Mzansi stars have documented themselves getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Leading the way is veteran actor, John Kani, who says he is playing his part to save his people.
“Done my second Pfizer jab… One small jab on my arm and I am part of the effort to save my people. Now I am going to continue to comply with COVID-19 restrictions- social distancing, wearing my mask and washing my hands regularly. Elder,” he tweeted.
Some Twitter users, including influencer Karabo Mokgoko, have accused celebrities of getting paid to get the vaccine.
Actress Terry Pheto, who got her first jab in July during the 35+ vaccination drive, denied the claims.
“You are paid to do s**t yazi!” one tweep told her.
Terry replied: “I wish.”
Other vaccinated stars include Siv Ngesi, Penny Lebyane, and Simphiwe Dana.
— Siv Ngesi (@iamSivN) July 16, 2021
Main image credit: Instagram/@lebomashile