Health minister Joe Phaahla says that his department is discussing the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa.
During a media briefing on Friday (27 August), the Minister said that the matter had been raised for official consideration, with the health department now discussing the conditions under which mandatory vaccines may be possible.
Phaahla said that no decision has yet been made.
#Covid19SA | Phaahla says the department is discussing the conditions under which mandatory vaccination will be possible.
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According to the latest statistics, there are now 8 841 087 people who have been inoculated out of the 39 798 201 total adult population that government is targeting.
Meanwhile, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has recorded 12 771 new Covid-19 cases, which brings the tally to 2 734 973 since the outbreak.