Whether you like the idea or not, vaccine passports are coming soon to South Africa. Think of it this way…
If you’ve been vaccinated, you would have received a little vaccine certificate with your vaccine number on it.
Government is now rolling out those same vaccine certificates, just in a digital manner.
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Speaking during his last family meeting on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa once again put focus on government’s target to vaccinate 70% of all adults by the end of December. Right now, it simply doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. We’re now in October and only around 22% of adults are now fully vaccinated. That’s just under 9 million South Africans.
At that same family meeting, Ramaphosa, referring to them as “vaccine certificates”, explained that the digital documents will be key in having SA lifted from many international travel restrictions. This will of course be a huge boost for our tourism sector.
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Vaccine certificates: Will they be key for moving around SA?
But while the vaccine passports are being drawn up to comply with the World Health Organization’s international guidelines, they could be key for entertainment purposes here at home.
Last month, the Health Department promised that some people will receive their vaccine certificates before the end of next week.
So how could vaccine passports have a say on our daily life in SA?
Things like live sport events in stadiums for the vaccinated only, are set to be tested soon. The vaccine certificates are set to have a QR code, which will allow them to be scanned from your phone before you enter a venue.
Theoretically, this means that certain venues will be able to choose to only accept those with these certificates/passports.