No jab no jive?  Unvaccinated from SA may miss sports and music events

Unvaccinated citizens in South Africa may be required to refrain from attending future sports or entertainment events.

South Africa: introduction of vaccinations

For example, in some parts of Europe, people are required to provide proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test result, or proof of recovery before attending an event.

For example, in the United States, fans participating in the Jonas Brothers’ Remember This Tour must present a COVID-19 negative test or proof of vaccination within 72 hours of the event in order to participate in any of the shows on the tour.

According to 2OceansVibe, this could also become a reality for South Africans.

Although the number of daily vaccinations since the roll-out was extended to people aged 18 and over on 20 Africa.

Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla said during a visit to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital Friday morning that the government was ready to distribute vaccinations.

“As much as we wish [for] We have the capacity with all sites to actually do what the president has set between 300,000 and 400,000 vaccinations per day. So far the highest we have achieved … I believe in one day [was] even 290,000. “

And while the government is currently unwilling to lead the heated discussion about mandatory vaccinations, Phaahla said there has been ongoing discussion about practical ways to “encourage” South Africans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Encouraging people to get vaccinated

“At this stage, it is not our priority to even think about any type of law or regulation that says that [that] Every adult needs to be vaccinated … so let’s watch this debate [but] we don’t want to interfere, ”said Phaahla.

“But on our part we are discussing … it’s more encouragement, that’s what we focus on. Under [these] Encouragement is to give some nice treats. As we approach Christmas, people want some presents … but we’re not talking about a cash payment. No, no, I know the US government can offer $ 100 for this [but] We don’t have that much money. “

Instead, the government’s encouragement and incentive plan focuses primarily on access to sporting events, entertainment venues, and other social gatherings for those who can prove they are fully vaccinated. Under the various lockdown levels imposed over the past 17 months, access to games in stadiums and nightclubs has remained strictly prohibited.

“We look to see if there are other soft incentives. For example… people are hungry for entertainment, for music festivals, for Orlando to see a soccer game, ”Phaahla said.

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“So what we are investigating is the possibility of opening various activities, sports, culture and more businesses and other gatherings with some kind of confirmation that you have been vaccinated. To say if you are vaccinated, so many people can go to the football stadium to see a game. If you’re vaccinated and can prove it, so many people can go to Newtown to enjoy music.

“We see such things as incentives so that there can be a benefit [for people] Not only will I save my life, but the vaccination will allow me to do more and more activities. “

Phaahla added that the proposals put to the government with contributions from the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture would be finalized “in the next few days or so”.