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Mandatory vaccination for South Africans amid Omicron discovery

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In a speech to the nation yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa urged South Africans to get vaccinated as it is the first and most powerful tool for combating the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.

The new COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.529, now known as Omicron, was discovered in South Africa.

According to scientists, the variant has an unusual constellation of mutations that are dangerous to all parts of the immune system, allowing it to evade the body's immune response and become more transmissible.

Vaccinations, according to Ramaphosa, are the most powerful way to protect those around you, restore the economy, and reclaim social freedom.

"Vaccination is also vital to the return of our economy to full operation, to the resumption of travel and to the recovery of vulnerable sectors like tourism and hospitality," said Ramaphosa.

To ensure that everyone is vaccinated, the government has also been in discussions with social partners and stakeholders about instituting measures that make vaccination a requirement for access to workplaces, public events, public transportation, and public establishments.

He also stated that the emergence of the Omicron variant should serve as a wake-up call to the rest of the world that vaccine disparities cannot be tolerated.

"Until everyone is vaccinated, everyone will be at risk. Until everyone is vaccinated, we should expect that more variants will emerge."

So far, over 25 million vaccine doses have been administered in South Africa.

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