13 October 2021
Writer: Sphe J Hadebe
A stand has been taken and a resolution decided on to reject the mandatory vaccine that had been decided that it will now be used but there have been objections about it
Johannesburg- More people are taking a stand as they refuse the mandatory vaccine that has been imposed on some place in part of the country.
Inasmuch as the government has reiterated that the vaccine is not compulsory but there have been institutions, companies and establishments that have made it clear in their premises it would be compulsory. This applies to everyone working or studying in that establishment.
Some companies even told their employees that either they take the vaccine or they have their contract terminated.
Although it is not compulsory by government but business owners reserve the right to impose the mandatory vaccine as the right of entry to their building is reserved.
However, University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg does not seem to be winning as the Wits University Students' Representative Council (SRC) has rejected the institution’s proposal to make vaccination against Covid-19 mandatory.
The Wits University SRC issued a statement on Monday evening rejecting forced vaccination, after the institution’s senior executive team released a proposed mandatory vaccination framework on Friday.
The framework was shared with staff, students, senior managers, organised labour and other constituencies for comment by Monday, Wits University spokesperson Shirona Patel said.
“Wits is a contact teaching university and the mandatory vaccination of staff and students will enable optimal access, the holistic delivery of the teaching and learning programme, and research to continue.
’’A mandatory vaccination policy protects the health and safety of the university community, members of the public, and advances the public good,” the university said in the framework.
Among other things, the framework states that staff and students will be required to produce their digital vaccine passport or vaccination cards, which will be linked to their access cards to enable them to enter the university premises. Exemptions include students under the age of 18 and staff or students exempted on medical grounds.
In addition, these students will not be allowed into common areas where social engagements take place, to stay in Wits residences and to attend in-person graduation ceremonies. These staff members will also not be allowed into common areas where social engagements take place and may not refuse to return to work on account of not being vaccinated.
The university spokesperson said the SRC was constituted recently and confirmed that the university had seen the statement by the SRC on Twitter on Monday night.
“Once all inputs are received and considered, the draft policy will serve before the university’s relevant committees, before the final policy is approved by Council at its last meeting this year,” Patel said.
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