Piet Mouton, the PSG Group CEO, believes that it is time for those shunning the vaccine to “face consequences”.
Any South African citizen can now register for and receive their Covid-19 vaccine however the number of those who actually went and got one is not high enough yet, both in older age groups and men. President Cyril Ramaphosa has identified the need for vaccine passports going forward, to allow a safe and smooth return to everyday life.
Stadiums, concert venues and gathering son a large scale could all be permitted to welcome back attendees by the end of the year, however the threat of a fourth wave of infections still lingers and more South Africans need to get the vaccine if they want lockdown to end.
Mouton argues that the argument in favour of the vaccination has become an economic one, as a high number of immunized adults will facilitate a return to normal life faster, thus unlocking the economy that has been taking a pummeling since March 2020.
Mouton took things one step further though, he is adamant that those who remain unvaccinated must be subject to a harsher set of restrictions which would limit access to restaurants, malls and even certain business services. Mouton even accused those refusing the vaccine of “letting down all of South African society”.
“The President has alluded to some form of restriction for the unvaccinated, and we support this. Those stubbornly choosing not to vaccinate, not only pose a health risk, but also an economic risk. You are free to choose – but you are not free from the consequences of your choices. The vaccination conversation is also an economic one. We believe that we have reached a point where our government should start enforcing principles like those implemented in many other countries around the world. If you are not vaccinated, your access to restaurants, public parks, shopping centres, airports, businesses, educational institutions, stadiums, etc, should be limited.”
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