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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.
With the easing of travel restrictions around the world, many people will look to travel abroad. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, travellers may require different documentation apart from their passports and travel visas.
More than 36 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in South Africa, 38 754 of which were administered in the past 24 hours. And while there is no mandatory vaccination legislation in South Africa, institutions of higher learning have been introducing vaccination policies which are impacting students.
In a recent arbitration award in the matter between Cecelia Bessick and Baroque Medical Pty (Ltd), the CCMA found that the employer's decision to retrench the applicant, due to her refusal to comply with the employer's mandatory vaccination policy, was substantively and procedurally fair.
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.
The last National State of Disaster in South Africa was declared in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and lasted around 750 days. Just 14 days after its conclusion, another National State of Disaster has been declared in the country.
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 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Tuesday evening, he revealed that only 35% of South Africa’s youth have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
The number of people expected to get vaccinated against Covid-19 in the coming days is set to increase after the Health Department announced these changes to the country's vaccine rollout program.
The Department of Health (DOH) has announced several changes made to South Africa’s national vaccination roll-out plan. The announcement made by the DOH will have an impact on the way citizens access the Covid-19 vaccine in the country.
On 22 October 2021, a notice was published in the Government Gazette in terms of section 6A(b) of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA).
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