Deputy President, David Mabuza, indicated a few days ago that it would need a vaccinated country to open several popular events, such as the Durban July.
Regardless of the government's efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible in order for the country to achieve herd immunity, the controversy over whether or not to take the vaccine remains the most contentious issue in the world today.
The government has completed its final immunization rollout phase, which will involve children aged 6 months to 17 years old receiving Covid-19 booster injections. This means that anti-vaxxers will not send their children to vaccination clinics to get boosters, putting the country at risk.
Apart from issuing vaccination certificates to anti-vaxxers, which would be linked to the computerized vaccination data system, as stated by Health Minister Joe Phaahla, the government is also considering providing vaccinated people more freedom. For example, it has been reported that they may be permitted to attend football matches at stadiums.
Anti-vaxxers were outraged, claiming that the government is now persecuting them as a result of their decisions. They go on to say that vaccinated people always push their decisions on others, and that they are functioning as unpaid marketing representatives for Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson by photographing themselves getting vaccinated and harassing unvaccinated people.
The bad news is that unvaccinated people will not be allowed to more than just stadiums. According to reports, a Durban judge will not allow unvaccinated people into his courtroom during Mike Mabuyakhulu's corruption trial. Before entering the court, attendees will be required to show their immunization cards.
Now, if a vaccinated nation is required to open up events, how many must be vaccinated before our law enforcement and crime prevention organizations begin to deal with people who steal billions from the public purse? Will it also take a vaccinated nation to discover the location of the missing billions?
In my own opinion, I believe that the government is making a big mistake by trying to force everybody to take the vaccine after saying it's not mandatory. But every citizen should try as much to take the vaccine to avoid risking their own life.
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