Die-hards see the Light

Despite the fears, uncertainty, and wild conspiracy theories, die-hard anti-vaxxers are being converted to get the Covid vaccine by friends and family.

Sylvia Ravenscroft was once an anti-vaxxer, but recently got the jab for a good cause.

Ravenscroft said since she took the vaccine on 1 September, her husband kept checking her head to make sure she was not growing horns.

“My family teased me every day because I was very anti-vaccines,” she said.
She said she was hesitant to get the vaccine because she was confused by all the conflicting reports in the media, including the “main guy” from Pfizer allegedly refusing to take the jab.

“I also couldn’t understand why you could still get Covid if you had the vaccine.
“What was the point?” she asked.
She said she felt the pressure from her family to vaccinate.
“My one godchild also didn’t want to get the jab. I told him if it was true that you die four years after having it, I would get the jab with him and if we die, then we die together,” Ravenscroft said.
She admits she was very scared. “I just closed my eyes and got it.”
She had a slight reaction such as headaches and a cold sweat, but nothing major.
Heidi du Toit, owner of a costume shop and theatre, said she was initially completely against the vaccine.

“I didn’t grow horns after I chose the vaccine” – Sylvia Ravenscroft

There were many reasons, but it had nothing to do with religion.
“I did not want to get vaccinated because I felt the vaccine was not tested enough.
“You really didn’t know what you getting,” Du Toit said.

She said she was unsure if the product was safe because of all the conflicting reports.

Three months ago Du Toit and half of her family and employees working with her contracted the virus.

“I also lost my mother-in-law to the virus,” Du Toit said.
Many of her actor clients, including Lizz Meiring, pleaded with her to be vaccinated.

“My business started to suffer and because I work with a lot of actors and artists, I realised that nothing is going to open up again unless people start vaccinating.”
Du Toit said when the artists indicated they were willing to perform for a small audience of 50 people instead of the usual 270 people, she realised how desperate they were to start performing again.

Because she was terrified of the jab, her assistant Triston Esterhuizen drove her to the vaccination site to get the first of two jabs.

“His mother and father fell very ill from Covid and was admitted to hospital for a long time, so I had to go get the jab,” she said.

Du Toit said besides the pain in her arm the following day and feeling dizzy, she slept it off quickly.

“I survived it, and I did not die like they said we would,” she said.

Du Toit said despite having her doubts at the beginning about the vaccine, she was glad that she went and did the right thing to get vaccinated.