SA Government is Not Planning to Make Covid 19 Vaccination Mandatory, Says Health Minister

SA Government is Not Planning to Make Covid 19 Vaccination Mandatory, Says Health Minister

  • The Minister of Health Joe Phaahla responded to some questions posed by the Inkatha Freedom Party regarded Covid 19 vaccines
  • Phaahla was asked where the South African government currently stands with making vaccines a legal requirement
  • Phaahla responded by saying the SA government is more aligned with convincing people to get vaccinated

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JOHANNESBURG - South Africans can rest assured that their Constitutional rights will not be infringed upon following the Minister of Health Joe Phaahla.

The Inkatha Freedom Party had asked Phaahla if the department had any intention of making Covid 19 vaccines a requirement for the South African public.

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Health Minister Joe Phaahla says the SA government would rather encourage people to get vaccinated. Image: Sydney Seshibedi
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The IFP wanted to specifically understand what the SA government intended to do since there is hesitancy around get the coronavirus jab. The party wished to know if vaccinations would become a rule of law, according to a report by TimesLIVE.

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Phaahla explained that the government plans convincing people to get vaccinated rather than force them. The government wants people to rather see that getting the jab can save lives.

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Mandatory vaccines in the workplace

The IFP also asked whether the SA government would intervene in situations where some workplaces are making the Covid 19 vaccine a requirement.

To that question, Phaahla simply responded by saying the government has no plans to intervene with the inner workings of the private sector and its policies, according to IOL.

Mzansi divided over vaccine certificate, many feel freedom is being eroded

Previously, Briefly News reported that Health Minister Joe Phaahla revealed that the Covid19 digital vaccine certificate is ready for users. Phaahla and Deputy Health Minister Sibongiseni Dhlomo delivered an update on Government's response to the Covid19 pandemic.

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The duo also spoke on the country's management of the vaccination programme. Phaahla explained that the vaccine certificate system was created with the help of the Council for Scientific Industrial Research (CSIR).

Phaahla revealed that although the system is ready for use, work will still be done on it in order for it to reach its optimal potential and have security measures in place.

However, social media users are divided over the certificate. Phaahla had assured South Africa that the certificate would allow for new opportunities.

Source: Briefly.co.za

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