President Cyril Ramaphosa says Government is exploring making vaccination mandatory for a range of activities.
He says a task team has been set up to undertake broad consultation on the question. That report will soon be brought to cabinet.
Ramaphosa admits it’s a complex issue, but says they want a fair and sustainable approach to vaccine mandates.“We have therefore been undertaking engagements with social partners and other stakeholders on introducing measures that make vaccination a condition for access to workplaces, public events, public transport and public establishments”.
The National Health department released it’s daily report on vaccinations just hours before the President’s speech. That data shows that less than 36 % of South African adults are fully vaccinated.
Ramaphosa says he wants proper consultation, but mandates must be seriously considered.
“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.