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The University of Cape Town’s senate yesterday voted to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory at their campus from January 2022. A decision will now be made by the university's council whether or not to adopt the policy. 

Last week the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines were authorised for use in individuals younger than 18 years old. Despite this, The Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla says the focus remains on vaccinating adults in South Africa.

Universities could require proof of vaccination in order to enter building

During the Covid-19 pandemic, universities in South Africa were forced to halt operations and close. Some universities are yet to return to classes in a full capacity as many have adopted a mixed approach to learning with Online classes being the order of the day.

Making vaccines mandatory

Making Covid-19 vaccines mandatory is fast becoming a hotly debated topic. While choosing to get vaccinated remains a personal choice, mechanisms are being introduced to encourage people to get vaccinated.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned that the government will be providing further information on its approach to ‘vaccine passports’. He says these vaccine passports can be used as evidence of vaccination for various purposes and events.

On Sunday President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that more than 7 million adults have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This represents a quarter of South Africa’s adult population.

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The Pfizer Comirnaty Covid-19 Vaccine has been approved for individuals that are 12-years-old and above. The announcement was made by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra).

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has announced that the Pfizer Comirnaty Covid-19 Vaccine has been approved for individuals 12 years and older. In a statement released by Sahpra, they say that their decision is limited to the safety, quality and efficacy of health products and not due to procurement decisions.

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla

Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has provided an update on the current state of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. He revealed that the country’s 7-day rolling average of new reported Covid-19 cases has dropped by 24% while hospitalisation has decreased by 10%.

Covid-19 Vaccinations key to ending pandemic

The World Health Organisation’s Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has announced that over the past week, new Covid-19 cases declined by 23%. This is the sharpest decline since the beginning of the third wave in July.

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