Even Covid survivors at risk of reinfection


“I don’t want others to bear a higher risk of getting Covid and of infecting others,” says Jesmane Boggenpoel, deputy chair of BMF Investments, founder and principal of AIH Capital and author of My Blood Divides and Unites on racial reconciliation.

This is why she has joined leaders and public figures to plead with South Africans to get vaccinated against Covid, amid concerns about vaccine hesitancy.

To those who are hesitant to get the jab, Boggenpoel says people should consult credible sources for information, as there is plenty of real research that has been done into the efficiency and the safety of vaccines.

Although decades ago, such research may have taken years to complete, in this era, scientists have access to far better technology and data analytics which allow them to conduct research more efficiently.

“To protect each other, reduce the chance of a fourth wave, and get our economy on track, we need to get vaccinated.”

Boggenpoel says she was also on the search for info about one of the common vaccine debates, which involves so-called natural immunity compared to that offered by the vaccine.

“Given that I had Covid already, I did wonder if had enough antibodies and wouldn’t need a vaccination for a good few months.

“But I read research showing that a person who recovered from Covid and was subsequently vaccinated has a much lower risk of reinfection. To protect each other, reduce the chance of a fourth wave, and get our economy on track, we need to get vaccinated.

“I had Covid in June and while my symptoms were mild, it took a few weeks before my energy levels fully rebounded. Sadly, I also lost my cousin Karen, uncle Martin and aunty Lynette all to Covid,” she says.