The big story: Vaccine passports are the future

Last week Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the country would be moving to a Level 2 lockdown. Curfew has been relaxed to between 11pm and 4am, indoor gatherings are limited to 250 people, outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 people, and alcohol can be sold between 10am and 6pm for off-site consumption. 

Dressed in a black and white patterned shirt, which caused a hilarious stir on social media, 😂 Ramaphosa also announced that the government would soon provide more information on vaccine passports. That also caused a stir. 

What are vaccine passports? Basically, it’s proof that you have been vaccinated. You may have to produce it when travelling to another country or when attending big events. Countries such as France have already implemented vaccine passports. Those who have not been vaccinated will have to produce a negative Covid-19 test result to enter restaurants and other public spaces. 

Some South Africans are leery of the idea of a passport, calling it a mechanism of state control, protesting against this and masks. Guys, we hate to break it to you, you ALREADY need passports and sometimes vaccine records to fly to certain countries. 😆

The only way we can get our freedom back is by getting vaccinated.

We can take inspiration from Denmark, which has lifted all coronavirus restrictions, only requesting that people produce proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test when visiting restaurants, bars, cinemas, and some other indoor facilities. 

And in case you’re still hesitant, note the following: The Western Cape’s health department compiled the figures of Covid-19-related hospital admissions and deaths of people over 60, from 14 August to 20 August. 

  • Of the 729 admissions only 30 were vaccinated; and 
  • Of the 292 people who succumbed to the virus, five were vaccinated. 

This speaks volumes of the effectiveness of the vaccine. ☝🏽

Meanwhile, kids could soon be next in line for the jab. Clinical trials of the Sinovac vaccine for children aged between six months and 17 years started on Friday, while the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority announced last week that it had approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 jab, Comirnaty, for everyone over 12. But the rollout will only go ahead after more elderly people are vaxxed. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap,16 September 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.