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[WATCH] How anti-cervical cancer jabs work

  • Getting a vaccine against a type of human papillomavirus can prevent cervical cancer later in life in nine out of 10 women — and the jabs are free at state schools for 9–15-year-olds.
  • In 2014, almost 90% of girls at public schools in South Africa got their first of two doses of this shot. But after the COVID-19 pandemic, the number dropped to about five out of 10.
  • In this short video, our TV team explains how these jabs work, how much they cost and why they’re lifesavers.

  • Read the full script here

Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa.

Mohale Moloi worked at Bhekisisa as a television producer and health journalist from July 2021 to March 2024.