Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that further information on an approach to vaccine passports will be released soon, calls for a protest against Covid-19 vaccines have been made.
On Sunday, Ramaphosa announced intentions to issue Covid-19 “vaccine passports” ahead of the relaxation of lockdown requirements and the transition to lockdown level 2.
Ramaphosa emphasized vaccination as the country’s most powerful weapon in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and restoring the economy to full operation and creating jobs in his televised family gathering to the nation.
“We will also provide further details on our approach to ‘vaccine passports,’ which can be used as proof of vaccination for a variety of purposes and events,” Ramaphosa stated.
Vaccine hesitation and fear of vaccines, as well as the South African government, prompted the president’s remarks.
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Several South Africans rushed to social media following Ramaphosa’s words to express their displeasure with the plans for “vaccine passports.” Some social media users even compared vaccine passports to the Apartheid Pass Laws Act of 1952, which mandated that black South Africans over the age of 16 carry a passbook, known as a dompas, with them at all times.
“Imagine if we were to require HIV-positive people to carry documentation of their medicine because they’re a ‘danger to society? Twitter user @Mtoleezy wrote, “We’ve conquered these stigmas that separated us.”
“Vaccination passports: For the time being, we’re talking about businesses, concerts, and stadiums. If a person cannot present a vaccine passport, they will be evicted soon. This is just the start. “Did you catch a glimpse of it?” Brandon October penned the piece.
Amanda Black, a soul singer, and composer, also chimed in on the vaccine passport debate, asking where the South African Human Rights Commission stood on the issue.
“Imagine calling people who are healthy sick. Are you considered unwell if you haven’t been vaccinated? No, please attach the science that supports it, and then make it make sense,” the actress continued.
A demonstration against the possible introduction of a vaccine passport was also being planned by others.
“The #VaccinePassport arrives, and it’s time to rise. Let’s put the keyboard down and attend these events. Lonwabo Mfundisi wrote in a caption among local posters for the global rally the World Wide Rally For Freedom, “Vaxxed or not vaxxed, your freedoms are being removed slowly” (sic).
“On Saturday, September 18, the People of the International Freedom Movement will go to the streets in more than 40 nations throughout the world in defense of their fundamental Human Rights,” the organization said in a statement last month.
The campaign, which includes members from South Africa, is calling for an end to lockdowns, mask mandates, mandated immunizations, and “coercion,” as well as a restoration to normal international and domestic travel and the abolition of all state of emergency declarations.
“We can see how the coronavirus is quickly becoming a new religion of fear, and how it is being used to justify dictatorship using the same repressive state control techniques over attire, language, and social interactions as having been employed in previous theocratic regimes. “With our message of freedom, we shall push back against this Religion of Fear,” the campaign stated.
The Department of Health has initiated the process of issuing digital vaccination certificates, according to Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla.
“This program is in conformity with the vaccination certificates established by the World Health Organization (WHO).” WHO is striving to standardize vaccination proof over the world so that it cannot be falsified,” Phaahla explained.
The digital certificate, according to Phaahla, will be safeguarded from fraud and will be accessible on smartphones.
All people who have been vaccinated and whose information is in the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) are eligible.
He made it clear that people lacking vaccine passports will still be able to use public services. “Access to entertainment, sports, and other activities may be possible with the certificates.”