Health Minister Joe Phaahla says his department is discussing the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa.
In a speech to the media on Friday (27.
He said that no official decision has yet been made. Phaahla said that from his personal point of view, it is unlikely that an official regulation will be put in place stating that everyone must vaccinate.
However, he said it was possible that certain jobs like the service and entertainment sectors could require mandatory vaccines.
Phaahla said the government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee is also looking into the possibility of booster doses for those who received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.
Salim Abdool Karim, a member of the WHO Science Council, said Covid-19 vaccines should become mandatory in South Africa, with exceptions only for those unable to take the vaccine for serious medical or religious reasons.
Karim told resistance that the severity and severity of the pandemic mean that the option to take a vaccine is no longer a personal choice.
“If you (look at) the original virus that jumped off bats and got on humans, it probably only got into one person,” he said. “That one person caused all the chaos we saw today and probably didn’t even know they caused it.”
Karim said this is also the case for the Covid-19 variants that are currently spreading around the world, with these variants likely to start with just one or two people at most.
“So even an unvaccinated person poses this risk to the whole world. If that is the case, and it is a very strong one, then it cannot simply be a matter of personal choice. For the common good, there must be a vaccine mandate. “
Karim said there may be certain people who cannot be vaccinated for serious religious or medical reasons and that concessions need to be made for these people.
However, he said these people must continue to be tested at least once a week to make sure they are not putting others at risk.
# Covid19SA | Phaahla says the department is discussing the conditions under which vaccination will be possible.
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On Thursday (August 26), South Africa reported 12,771 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 2,734,973.
The death toll has hit 80,826 (+357) while recovery has climbed to 2,485,108, leaving the country with a balance of 169,039 active cases. The total number of vaccines administered is 11,648,851 (+285,041).
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