Mandatory vaccines for SA? New task team set up, says Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the new task team will report to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccination
It seems mandatory vaccines could soon be a reality for South Africa. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that Government has established a new task team that will take part in a variety of consultations and explore making vaccinations mandatory for specific activities and locations.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening, 28 November 2021, where he announced that the country would stay under Level 1 of the lockdown. The president’s address was more focused on stressing the importance of COVID-19 vaccines than announcing new measures.
The emergence of the new Omicron variant, which was first detected in Southern Africa, prompting a number of countries to impose travel bans on Mzansi and its neighbouring nations.
RAMAPHOSA DEFENDS POSSIBLE VACCINE MANDATES FOR SA
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the new task team will report to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccination, which is chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza. The IMC on Vaccination will then make a number of recommendations to Cabinet on a fair and sustainable approach to vaccine mandates in the country.
“We realise that the introduction of such measures is a difficult and complex issue, but if we do not address this seriously and as a matter of urgency, we will continue to be vulnerable to new variants and will continue to suffer new waves of infection,” Ramaphosa says.
In addition to vaccines, Ramaphosa added that the wearing of masks is another important took to take on the pandemic.
“There is now overwhelming evidence that the proper and consistent wearing of a cloth mask or other suitable face covering over both the nose and mouth is the best way to prevent the transmission of the virus from one person to another,” Ramaphosa says.