21 October 2021
Writer: Sphe J Hadebe
Durban- Many Institutions and businesses are considering mandatory vaccine for their patrons, staff and even students.
As the country is speeding of to vaccinate the majority in order to escape the fourth wave of which it has been predicted to take place around November,many Institutions are now considering to make it compulsory for a vaccine to be taken.
I know some people will say that Cyril Ramaphosa and the health Minister had stated that the Covid-19 vaccine will not be mandatory but the catch is that the owners of the building reserves the right of entry.
Yes, no one will be forced to be vaccinated but if you do not vaccinate, you will face the consequences like being prohibited to enter a certain building as the owner reserves that right too.
Already the University of Cape town has adopted the mandatory vaccine policy which will come into place on the 1st of January 2022.
Now, Mzansi Celebrity News has learnt that another institute is considering a mandatory vaccine policy.
It looks like Rhodes University students may be required to have themselves vaccinated against Covid-19 before returning to in-person classes after the university council approved a senate recommendation for mandatory vaccinations.
The rule will require evidence of Covid-19 vaccination by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) as a condition for access to the campus in 2022.
Based on an analysis of the law and information drawn from the higher education sector, it was submitted that having assessed risks, Rhodes University has a responsibility to ensure that employees and students are protected and that all the necessary precautionary measures are in place," the council said in a statement.
The special meeting of the council was convened as the university prepared for the full return of students and staff in 2022.
The vaccination requirement also applies as a registration condition for all students as well as staff, service providers and visitors.
"A recommendation for an exemption application process and an alternative health status process for those who cannot take the vaccine on medical or other legitimate and justifiable grounds was also approved. The university is considering the team who will evaluate all applications for exemption," the statement read.
"Where such applications are successful, the university will consider steps to mitigate risk, including the requirement to produce a negative Covid-19 test result on a weekly basis. This would be at the cost of the student, staff member, visitor or service provider concerned in specific circumstances," the statement read.
Besides the requirement for digital vaccination certificates or vaccination cards upon entering campus, workers will be allowed to take paid time off to get vaccinated.
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