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07 February 2022

SAUS waits on mandatory vaccine policy


The South African Union of Students (SAUS) says it’s hopeful that guidelines on a mandatory vaccine policy will bring clarity and relief regarding vaccinations at institutions of higher learning.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced on Tuesday that a team of experts had been put together to provide guidelines on mandatory vaccines at universities. Some universities have already implemented such a policy while others have put it on hold until they get a directive from the department.

Ngwenya adds that epidemiologists have estimated that over 70% of the South African population have some degree of immunity from vaccination or prior vaccination.

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) said mandatory vaccination is possible if the authorities are well organised.

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