Cyril Ramaphosa family meeting address

President Cyril Ramaphosa Photo: GCIS

Ramaphosa: Non-SA citizens will also receive COVID-19 vaccine

President Cyril Ramaphosa has also assured South Africans that nobody will be forced to take the COVID-19 vaccine, nor will it be administered in secret

Cyril Ramaphosa family meeting address

President Cyril Ramaphosa Photo: GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the COVID-19 vaccine will not just be administered to South Africans, but also foreign nationals, including those who are undocumented.

In his much-anticipated address to the nation on Monday, 1 February 2, 2021, the president announced the easing of level 3 lockdown restrictions. This included the lifting of the alcohol ban and the change of curfew to 23:00 to 04:00.

His address comes on the same day he officially welcomed the first batch of one million COVID-19 vaccines arriving in the county. Ramaphosa said it is in the country’s best interests that as many people as possible get vaccinated.

“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,” he said.

Mkhize: Govt has no plans to vaccinate undocumented foreigners

His comments come just days after Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the vaccine rollout for COVID-19 will only be limited as government did not have the capacity to assist undocumented foreign nationals.

“All you need when you go is to show that you have got an ID. You are a South African registered voter. For those who are undocumented, we are not able to deal with that because at the moment we would like to be able to deal with people based on the SA registration. So at this point, we have no plan to deal with those that are not documented,” Mkhize said in an interview with SABC News.

‘You will not be forced to take COVID-19 vaccine’ – Ramaphosa

The president has also assured that those who choose to take the vaccine, do so out of their own will and will not be a decision imposed by government. Some vaccine skeptics on social media have said they wouldn’t take a vaccine, if they were offered.

“But I want to be clear. Nobody will be forced to take this vaccine. Nobody will be forbidden from travelling, from enrolling at school, or from taking part in any public activity if they have not been vaccinated. Nobody will be given this vaccine against their will, nor will the vaccine be administered in secret,” he said.

 “Any rumours to this effect are both false and dangerous”