According to the Health Minister, Joe Phaahla, South Africa may limit the use of public amenities to the people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Joe Phaahla said that while a decision has not been taken yet, it is being discussed by the government.
Phaahla said that the Department of Labour and Employment has already given directives allowing employers to make the decision on whether to make a vaccination a requirement.
“The opinion we are getting from legal people, that once there is sufficient coverage we should be able to arrive at the stage where we can actually make demands even at public amenities. You can’t have your cake and eat it. You have the right to not have a vaccination, but you have no right to endanger the lives of other people,” he said.
So far about six million of the country’s about 40 million adults have been fully vaccinated against Covid.
Phaahla has stated previously that his department is discussing the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa. In an address to the media on Friday (27 August), Phaahla said that this is a matter that has been raised for official consideration, with the health department now discussing conditions under which mandatory vaccines may be possible. He said that no official determination has yet been made.
Phaahla said that in his personal view it is unlikely that an official regulation will be introduced which stated that everyone must be vaccinated, however he said that it is possible that certain jobs could require mandatory vaccines.
Phaahla also added that the government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee is looking at the possibility of booster shots for those who received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Sources: Business Tech
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