The government has commenced with the development of a digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate which will confirm that a person has been vaccinated in South Africa, says health minister Dr Joe Phaahla. On Friday, 10 September 2021, he mentioned that people are going to be having the certificate on their smart phones which can also be printed out.
He says they are trying to avoid fraud which has been happening ever since they started with the COVID-19 certificates that are printed, so the digital ones will be hard for the criminals to easily imitate. The main purpose is in line with the World Health Organisation initiated vaccination certificate. Through this, the WHO trying to standardise vaccination proof all over the world.
Every individual who is vaccinated will have the certificate in just over one week, the documents will be made available for both those who vaccinated now and a few months ago – as long as a person’s personal information shows in the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) system.
According to the health minister the certificate is more likely to be used for certain services in the future, but the government has no intention in making the certificates a requirement to access public services.
He says instead these documents would be used to gain entry to entertainment, sporting events and possibly some businesses. The introduction of the vaccine certificate comes is the government is preparing to ease the lockdown regulations in the country, Larger gatherings are more likely to be permitted so that it'll make it easy for political parties to campaign for upcoming municipal elections.
It has also been revealed that alcohol sales are going to be extended, and the evening curfew is more likely to be made shorter.
The National Coronavirus Command Council had a meeting on Tuesday to assess the restrictions. President Cyril Ramaphosa will talk about the planned changes with officials from religious groups, political parties and civil rights groups before addressing the nation in the coming days, when he is set to move the country to virus alert level two.
On Thursday 9 September2021, South Africa reported 6,270 new Covid-19 cases...which indicate a 12% positivity rate. A further 175 Covid-19 related fatalities have been reported, which brings the total deaths to 84,327 to date. The country administered 225,558 vaccines over the past 24 hours, taking the total number of vaccines administered to 14,367,151. What’s your take on this matter?
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