Vaccine Passport On The Cards For South Africa

On Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa brought up the possibility of vaccine passports. This has since received mixed reactions from citizens around the country.

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We might soon have to start carrying around vaccine passports to gain access to public places and events. Since President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke about it in his latest speech, it has since received mixed reactions from the general public.

During his address, Ramaphosa said:

We will also be providing further information on an approach to ‘vaccine passports’, which can be used as evidence of vaccination for various purposes and events.

Now, two days after he said this, #VaccinePassport is still trending on Twitter. 

 

However, experts have now spoken on the matter. Professor Tulio de Oliveira from the Department of Global Health said, "I don't know why this has been so controversial, one thing I know, as a scientist, this virus is really persistent."

The idea of vaccine passports, it's been used for the past 30 or 40 years and for example, the yellow fever, you cannot go to many countries in the world, including South Africa, if you don't have the yellow fever vaccine passport.

With a high number of South Africans refusing to get vaccinated, it's no surprise that the idea of a vaccine passport is a controversial one.

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