DURBAN - Social media users have taken to Twitter to voice their views on mandatory Covid-19 vaccination after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last night that the government has set up a task team that will undertake broad consultations on making the vaccine mandatory for specific locations and activities.
Some users said that they feel that they are being forced to take the vaccine, while others believed it was a violation of their human rights.
“Threatening people’s livelihoods, so they take the shot is a new level of evil. We will fight,” said one Twitter user.
Here are some Tweets:
There’s absolutely no difference between forcing someone to take the shot and making life so unbearable that they have no choice but to get the shot. It’s force.— Skhumbuzo (@Skhumbu91447181) November 29, 2021
Threatening people’s livelihoods so they take the shot is a new level of evil. We will FIGHT! #MandatoryVaccination
“We’re not forcing you,” they say. “We’re just taking away everything you need until you consent. “— Dr S U N R I S E ✨ (@sheabutterhun) November 28, 2021
They call this “choice.”
DO NOT COMPLY!
When Ramaphosa spoke last night at the family meeting, he said that the task team would report to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on vaccination which is chaired by the deputy president. He said the committee would make recommendations to Cabinet on a fair and sustainable approach to vaccine mandates.
The president said this after scientists detected a new Covid-19 variant called Omicron last week.
“We realise the introduction of such measures is a difficult and complex issue, but if we do not address this seriously and as a matter of urgency, we will continue to be vulnerable to new variants and suffer new waves of infection.”
He further urged the public to wear masks whenever in public spaces.
“The second tool to fight the new variant is to continue to wear face masks whenever we are in public spaces and in the company of people outside our households,” said Ramaphosa.