Salim Abdool Karim Mandatory vaccines unvaccinated

Dr Anthony Fauci and Prof Salim Abdool Karim –
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‘It’s time for MANDATORY jabs in SA’ – Abdool Karim slams unvaccinated

It’s not the news any of our unvaccinated citizens want to hear- but Salim Abdool Karim says mandatory jabs ‘are the way forward’.

Salim Abdool Karim Mandatory vaccines unvaccinated

Dr Anthony Fauci and Prof Salim Abdool Karim –
Image sourced via Twitter

Professor Salim Abdool Karim has courted controversy on Wednesday, after he reiterated his desires to see COVID-19 jabs made mandatory in South Africa. The esteemed medical expert was also advocating for ‘vaccine passes’, which would have the power to prevent unvaccinated citizens from ‘mixing with others’.

How many people are still unvaccinated in South Africa?

Although COVID-19 cases remain extremely low in South Africa, there is still concern within government about the national vaccination rate. Less than half of the population has taken a shot in the arm. Statistics made public by Cyril Ramaphosa last night highlighted the major issues facing Mzansi.

  • In total, 68% of people older than 60 have been vaccinated.
  • But only 35% of people between 18 and 35 years have had their COVID-19 jabs.
  • The national number of people fully vaccinated stands at just over 48%, with 52% still unvaccinated.
  • President Ramaphosa has previously spoken about wanting to get this number up to 70%.
  • Cyril confirmed on Tuesday that restrictions will only ease further in SA if vaccine uptake improves:

“The further easing of the remaining restrictions will require that we increase the rate of vaccination among South Africans. The vaccine has been shown to significantly reduce severe illness.”

“Statistics from our health facilities, clearly show that people who are not vaccinated stand a higher chance of being hospitalised or dying from COVID. Vaccination is likely to reduce transmission at home and at places like schools and universities where there is close contact.”

Cyril Ramaphosa

Will mandatory vaccines make a difference? Professor Salim Abdool Karim says yes…

Salim Abdool Karim – a former government advisor – believes the time has come for mandatory vaccines to be introduced. Under new lockdown rules, unvaccinated South Africans can still enter large public venues, as long as they provide a negative COVID-19 test. Alas, this doesn’t go far enough for the professor.

According to Karim, vaccine passes should be enforced. He believes this will keep indoor environments safe, and the unvaccinated will have to rethink their decision to avoid the jab at all costs. His comments have drawn a backlash on social media, but ‘Slim’ isn’t budging on this issue:

“When we were in Paris at a conference this year, you had to show your COVID-19 pass everywhere. That is how many of these places got high vaccination coverage, they protected their indoor environments by restricting it to those with the vaccine only. It all comes down to individual choice.”

“Sadly, our government have sent confusing messages about mandatory vaccinations in South Africa. We need clarity, and it needs to be done so we can ensure indoor environments are safe, by limiting them to vaccinated citizens only.”

Salim Abdool Karim