09 October 2021
Writer: Sphe J Hadebe
Johannesburg- It is official now, fully vaccinated people are in for good news only as the government has officially launched the Covid-19 vaccine certificate which is being accessed digital.
The creation of the South African Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate System has been long in the making, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said on Friday during a briefing. The department officially launched the system on Friday.
“We are happy today that we can introduce it to the public formally," said Phaahla.
The system is available to adults who are fully vaccinated. It came online in the first week of October during a testing and troubleshooting phase, and resulted in multiple errors.
"Some people have expressed frustration because of hiccups in accessing these certificates," said Phaahla, but reassured that there would be improvements going forward.
The system produces a digital copy of the physical Covid vaccine card, and is linked to the vaccination code issued by the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS), as explained by Business Insider SA.
Provide opportunities for the vaccinated
The digital vaccine certificate will allow vaccinated people to move about more freely and offer them opportunities to engage more safely in a number of activities, said Phaahla.
"We expect that the certificate will be a tool for vaccinated people to access … many amenities, and many more activities which many of us have been missing, and can now be accessed through this certificate,” he said.
Earlier this week, President Ramaphosa said in a statement: “Our approach is informed by the World Health Organisation guidelines and is in line with international best practice.”
Fully vaccinated people with the digital certificate can now have an access to many places including traveling to the other countries and even going to events.
This also includes getting into the stadiums to watch the sports matches. Already there are plans to strictly allow the vaccinated people only in the stadiums. As it is, the Deputy President, David Mabuza is continuing with the launch of social campaign which will allow people to return to the stadiums or events after they have been vaccinated.
The Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, said that although it is not compulsory right now to be vaccinated but it could be going there soon as majority are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated will infect the vaccinated and take us back when we are fighting this pandemic. It has been verified and confirmed that the vaccine is the only way to stop this virus.
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