To get entry to public venues, South Africans may soon be compelled to show confirmation of COVID-19 immunization.
President Cyril Ramaphosa made the comment during his Sunday night speech to the nation. Despite the fact that 14.6 million South Africans have got the vaccine, the president claims that the country’s COVID-19 recovery is being held hostage by low vaccination rates.
President Ramaphosa used his address to the nation to calm anxieties over the COVID-19 vaccine once more. More than a quarter of South Africa’s adult population has received at least one shot, and more than seven million people have been fully vaccinated, according to Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa revealed more than a quarter of South Africa’s adult population has received at least one dose, and over seven million people are fully vaccinated. “South Africa is fast becoming a vaccination site. We are now administering a million doses every 4 to 5 days. However, we need to do much more.”
Using data from the Western Cape Department of Health, the president stated that many people had not been vaccinated and were thus vulnerable to serious illness, while the risk of new and more dangerous variants emerging was far greater.
“But what we are seeing is that very few people who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are becoming severely ill with the disease, and very few are ending up in ICU or needing ventilation. People who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are far less likely to die of the disease.”
Ramaphosa also stated that plans to introduce COVID-19 “vaccine passports” will be implemented soon.
“The Department of Health is looking at a variety of mechanisms they have in other countries to either do it electronically, through a cellphone, which can be used as evidence of vaccination for various purposes and events.”
The president acknowledged the difficulties faced by some industries as a result of restrictions, but he remained optimistic following the vaccination of the majority of the country’s population.