There has been a lot of talk in concerning the Covid-19 vaccine that is set to be rolled out starting in the month of January 2021 and going forward.In his address to the nation, the President of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa assured the country that the plans are underway to ensure that the first batch of vaccination will be availed before the end of the month.
Talking about the vaccination, the NewzRoom Africa 405 released a notification for those who do not want to get vaccinated in South Africa. It was reported that the Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize made it clear that getting vaccinated will not be compulsory in South Africa. This means that the vaccination will not be forced on anybody here in South Africa.
The NewzRoom Africa 405 also reported of a survey that was carried out to determine who will agree to take the vaccination and who will disagree to take the vaccination when it lands in South Africa. It was highlighted that 53 percent highlighted their willingness to accept the vaccination when it lands while the remainder did not say no.
On the News @Prime , a guest was invited to determine if its okay to make the vaccination mandatory or there are instances where a line should be drawn between the public health and personal liberty of South Africans .
Albert G. who is a Senior Research personnel on the Oxford Martin programme collective responsibility for the infectious diseases at Oxford University. He was asked to comment on whether it should be made mandatory for everyone to receive vaccination in South Africa.
In response, he said that the people have the right to express their views and have the right to choosing what they want with their lives. However , he added that the problem is that the world is in the middle of a pandemic and its a state of emergency. He added that the statistics show the individuals' unwillingness to participate in the programme like what is happening in some countries.
He went on to express his personal view on whether the vaccination should be mandatory. He said that there are strong ethical reasons why the vaccination should be made mandatory. He said that it must be mandatory because it is necessary to do so and that it is a fair thing to do so.He said that it is fair that everybody makes a collective contribution towards the fight against the pandemic that has killed thousands in the country. He said that there is need for collective contribution so that everybody gets out of the situation.
He added that vaccination is not about what an individual wants , but about contribution to the community and getting it back to its normality. The news anchor reminded him that making it mandatory would not be enough to deal with some of the fundamental issues attached to the decision not to take the vaccination. She went on and added that people may have concerns over the vaccine itself and the role it will play in their bodies.
In response, Alberto said that he understood the concerns of the members of the public. He then explained the need to feed people with the right kind of information. He also spoke about the importance of people gaining trust in Science.
However , he made a suggestion of how people may be made to gain confidence in getting vaccinated. He said that the government can adopt a mechanism of leading by example. He said it can be achieved by making examples out of well known scientists or politicians by getting them vaccinated in the public.
However, the option of making vaccination mandatory was weighed and it was noted that it could backfire and cause a lot of rebellion. Alberto went on and said that the effectiveness of the vaccine could be shown with facts .He said people need to see the figures and know how effective the vaccination is , to help the people have confidence.
Source: NewzRoom Africa 405
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