Business for South Africa (B4SA) has a big suggestion. It believes Mzansi businesses need to launch mandatory vaccination policies and incentives to achieve the national year-end target, the alliance said on Monday 13 October.

NATIONAL DAILY VACCINATIONS ARE BELOW TARGET

According to the business union, South Africa placed a goal of over 300,000 vaccinations per day, but the results have so far fallen well below the target. The nation is still at risk to catch the much dreaded fourth COVID-19 wave.

“Currently, vaccination rates are well below the desired rate of 300,000+ per day, which would significantly lessen the scale and impact of a fourth wave of Covid-19 cases over December,” said Martin Kingston, chair of the B4SA Steering Committee.

With the Pfizer vaccine jabs needing two doses per person given at least 21 days apart, it means about 70% of South African adults have to get the first jab by next week and the second one before the end of November.

“For anyone to be fully vaccinated in time for the festive season, they must get their first Pfizer shot by 20 October, and it is now increasingly unlikely that 70% of adults will have had their first jab before then,” Kingston added in support of mandatory vaccine policies.

Kingston added to reveal finding a worrying trend that indicates Mzansi adults have been unwilling to return for second doses after receiving the first jab.

INTRODUCE MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICIES AND INCENTIVES

B4SA believes the solutions to help achieve South Africa’s national target for December are vaccination policies and incentives.

Additionally, media campaigns from the government, businesses, and influencers to drive people to vaccinate need to up the ante.

“In our view, a combination of mandatory vaccination policies, as well as incentives, are going to be necessary alongside the demand generation communications and mobilisation campaign to get as many people as possible vaccinated.”

Regarding the possible violation of people’s rights against getting vaccinated, Kingston added to say businesses and employers equally have the right to create healthy spaces by applying mandatory vaccination policies.

“Employers and businesses too, have rights, as well as a legal and moral obligation to provide a safe workplace and safe services to customers.”

“Business has a leadership role to play in providing guidance and taking the initiative and doing so with urgency, in implementing vaccine mandates. This should form part of the comprehensive strategy to maximise swift and comprehensive vaccination so that, as a country, we can all get back to the business of living safely and maximising the scope for economic recovery.”

Meanwhile, only less than 30% of South Africans are vaccinated. Additionally, the government clearly stated it is against forced vaccinations, but won’t hold off businesses from making it jabs mandatory.

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