No room for “undocumented people” in South Africa’s vaccination policy

In a statement released on Thursday, the South African Bishops conference praised president Cyril Ramaphosa’s clarification of his herd immunity policy on 1st February.

The president said that herd immunity would be achieved once “67% of our people” are immune. Saying that none are safe until all are safe, he stated that “we aim to make the vaccine available to all adults living in South Africa, regardless of their citizenship or residence status.”

“We will be putting in place measures to deal with the challenge of undocumented migrants so that, as with all other people, we can properly record and track their vaccination history,” Ramamphosa continued.

The bishops praised the “laudable” and “strong” commitment to vaccine inclusivity, but they raised concerns about the policy.


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