No one can force you to take the vaccine: Health Minister

Government has emphasised that the COVID-19 vaccination is a critical step to navigate South Africa towards herd immunity.

Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi at the vaccination site by Moses Mabinde stadium in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi reiterated on Friday that vaccination was voluntary and that no one could be forced to inoculate against COVID.

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“You’ve got freedom of choice, no can force you, not even your employer,” Kubayi said.

Government emphasised though that vaccination was a critical step to navigate the country towards herd immunity.

Nearly 7,3 million coronavirus vaccines have been administered in South Africa so far and authorities aimed to get 7 million people over the age of 35 jabbed during August.

Government was still chasing the presidential target of 300,000 vaccinations a day with vaccinators managing around a million doses over four days. Government said that should expected vaccine stocks arrive on time, enough doses would be available for the remainder of the year.

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