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Western Cape parents held up placards as they were in protest outside the provincial government offices. This comes after the parents received a letter from their children’s schools about a Covid-19 vaccination drive.

 


With the South African Government lifting most of the Covid-19 restrictions and easing numerous health measures, many South Africans are going about their day to day lives not anticipating any new variants. It has raised concerns that this activity will only lead to the increase infections as well as new variants.


Debates around plant-based treatments for the Covid-19 virus have been going on for some time and fortunately, a South African university has been a pioneer of this type of treatment.

 


It was almost two years ago when President Cyril Ramaphosa implemented the National State of Disaster. Since then, there have been growing calls for it to come to an end, which the President has now addressed.


As debates around mandatory vaccines are still ongoing, the general public and students whose institutions of higher learning have adopted this policy have different views on it. Student bodies at universities have expressed what is at the centre of these conversations. 

 


The new academic year has started with challenges in the Higher Education sector. Some of these issues are in relation to mandatory vaccines in these institutions. 

 


Most institutions of higher learning have started with registration at their universities. However, some student formations are still anti-mandatory vaccinations and promise to fight the rights of their students. In the same breath, students are asking these institutions to be pro-choice.


As learners return to full-time school attendance the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education plans to introduce a vaccine rollout programme at schools. 


Teachers have been encouraged to get their booster vaccines at Covid-19 vaccination sites nearest to them.


The trade union Solidarity has taken court action against the University of Free State over its mandatory Covid-19 vaccine policy.


Many universities around South Africa have made it mandatory for their staff and students to receive the vaccination against Covid-19 in order for them to access their campuses. Student Union SAUS has strongly opposed this and students have threatened to protest over the matter. 


In order to protect against Covid-19 while also moving towards a life of normalcy, Universities across the country are now looking to implement vaccination policies. This is a developing story.


Teacher unions have expressed where they stand in relation to the introduction of mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. This comes after most institutions of higher learning are in full support of making vaccination mandatory.


As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to thrive, universities across the country have been considering mandatory vaccination for students. Central University of Technology (CUT) spokesperson, Dan Maritz, has chimed in on the university’s stance in this debate.


While institutions of higher learning debate mandatory vaccination, university and college students could be required to produce a negative Covid-19 test before attending in-person classes. This comes after some of the major universities in the country shared their intentions to adopt a mandatory vaccination policy in public.


Nationally, vaccination drives have been successful. However, some young people have been hesitant to receive a jab, and this remains a daunting challenge. The conversation has reached a point of people asking questions about whether vaccination should be made mandatory in certain spaces.


The emergence of the Omnicron variant frightened a number of people. Gauteng education has decided to treat this matter with utmost urgency.  


Many universities in South Africa intend to adopt Covid-19 vaccination as a requirement for students to access facilities in 2022. The University of Free State has announced its plans to limit the spread of the virus on its premises.


Wits University has released a framework in efforts to make vaccines mandatory for student. The University has now received some negative reactions to this proposal.


Following the Cabinet’s approval for the vaccination of people aged between 18 and 35 years from 20 August 2021, South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is expected to increase drastically.


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