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The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of South Africans in several ways. However, the latest announcement from the health department will see many of the regulations dropped.

 


While equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines was described as a human imperative by UNICEF, many poorer countries were not able to procure potentially life-saving doses of the vaccine, as rich countries hoarded vaccines. However, South Africa is now making progress.

 


While nearly 36 million vaccines have been administered in South Africa, vaccine hesitancy in the country remains stable with the percentage of people who are hesitant to take a Covid-19 vaccine declining slightly in the second half of 2021.

 


Covid-19 regulations aimed at controlling the spread of the Covid-19 virus were set to expire last week, however, a government gazette was published just hours before the deadline and new regulations came into effect.

 


South Africa has seen a rise in reported cases of Covid-19 in recent days. In the last 24 hour cycle, 3785 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in South Africa.

 


A recent uptick in the number of positive Covid-19 cases confirmed in South Africa has placed health authorities on alert as a potential fifth wave of infections looks to be on the horizon.

 


Earlier this week, President Ramaphosa terminated the National State Of Disaster (NSD). This will see many restrictions related to the NSD be phased out.


A South African university is set to begin with trials that will test the effectiveness of plant-based treatments and traditional medicine for Covid-19.


During the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments introduced lockdowns to stop or slow down the spread of the virus, however the financial impact of this weighed heavily on citizens.


The Minister of Health has announced that government officials are ready to present their recommendations on the topic of mandatory vaccinations in the country.


For more than 21 months, South Africa has been under a National State of Disaster. Now President Cyril Ramohosa is being urged to end it by various quarters of society.


As the South African government looks to ramp up its vaccination rollout plan, Gauteng will be vaccinating citizens at their place of work. 


As South Africa braces for the impact of the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, the Department of Health is continuing to encourage people to get vaccinated against the virus.


Despite the low number of infections, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has called on South Africans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 before the fourth wave of infections starts.


 As of Wednesday, October 20, 2021, minors around South Africa descended on Covid-19 vaccine sites around the country in order to receive a potentially life-saving Covid-19 jab.


As South Africa prepares to embrace the new normal and the availability of Covid-19 vaccines, making the jab mandatory has become a topic of contention. 


Last week the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) announced a framework that would require staff and students who have not received the Covid-19 vaccine to prove that they are not infected with the virus.


The Department of Health has officially launched its digital Covid-19 vaccine certificates.


 The Department of Health has confirmed that they are currently testing the Covid-19 vaccine certificate system.


The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) and the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee have reassured the public that both the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines are safe to use.

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