According to Western Cape premier, Alan Winde, the Western Cape government is discussing making vaccines mandatory – with consideration to the staff in the provincial government’s various departments and the province’s official stance on the issue.
Addressing the Western Cape provincial government on Friday (3 September), Winde said that the topic of mandatory vaccines is likely to gain prominence in the coming weeks as private sector companies begin introducing their own mandates. He also said that his provincial government has received several emails from residents who must have vaccinations before travelling or working overseas.
“Yes, we are having that discussion amongst our own staff within our departments. What should we be doing? What is our stance on it? How do we deal with this? There are parts of the world where it is mandatory – even if you want to book an air ticket, do you have your vaccine or a vaccine passport.”
Winde also said that he was in favour of an e-passport that shows the vaccination status of a person and that the current physical card status was not good enough and that the pass should be digital.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that South Africa’s vaccination efforts will be a key factor in limiting a potential fourth wave of Covid-19 infections at the end of 2021, he also said that getting vaccinated was key to restarting normal activities in the country.
“If we can vaccinate a large enough proportion of our population – particularly the adult population – by December, we can avoid another devastating wave of infections and restrictions on the economy,” he said.
Ramaphosa also said that those who refuse to be vaccinated increase the risks for others – not only of a further resurgence of infections but of prolonged economic hardship and a lack of recovery.
A fourth Covid-19 wave in December would be devastating for the tourism rich Western Cape Province, which has suffered to stay afloat for nearly two years since the onset of the Covid pandemic and resulting lockdowns.
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