Thulas Nxesi says Nedlac recommends mandatory vaccinations at workplaces - how we got here.
Some companies have started to implement the mandatory vaccination process within their existing workers. This is said to help to reduce workers and people who comes in the company being at a huge risk.
Nxesi said ," Nedlac was confident the proposal would pass constitutional muster and supported a decision by Business Unity SA (Busa) to approach the Constitutional Court for a declaratory order in this regard."
What the president stated:
In a national address last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa called on South Africans to vaccinate against Covid-19 to help get the economy back on track.
"The threat of the Omicron variant means SA needs to strengthen its response to the virus by encouraging vaccinations.
"The president said government was considering mandatory vaccinations and was in talks with stakeholders about implementation. SA could not afford to ignore these measures.
"We realise the introduction of such measures is a difficult and complex issue, but if we do not address this seriously and as a matter of urgency we will continue to be vulnerable to new variants and will continue to suffer new waves of infection.”
Institutions that have implemented mandatory vaccinations
Some companies like Discovery and MTN, have introduced mandatory jabs starting next year.
MTN said there is pure 100% evidence showing vaccinations are effective against Covid-19.
"The science is clear. Vaccination against Covid-19 reduces rates of serious infection, hospitalisation and death. As an employer, we have a responsibility to ensure that our workplaces are guided by the highest standards of health and safety and that has informed our decision to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory for our staff," CEO Ralph Mupita said.
Not everyone is against the vaccine and getting the policy will help the county to recover from the loss they have encountered.
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