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Ramaphosa to address the nation after discussions with political parties and the religious sector

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President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver Youth Day address virtually

By Thys Khiba

Pretoria – The South African President and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) leader, Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on the way forward to achieve population immunity through vaccination following his consultations with political parties and the religious sector on the observance of safety measures.

On the 07th of September 2021, Ramaphosa chaired meetings of the NCCC and the President’s Coordinating Council to deliberate on developments in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It has been stated that the meetings focused on the rate of COVID-19 infections and vaccination, and assessed the COVID-19 prevention measures in place under Adjusted Level 3 of the national state of disaster.

“Following these discussions, the President will address the nation on the way forward to achieve population immunity through vaccination, to continue the protection of lives and livelihoods, and the conditions that would apply to a relaxation of regulations and directions linked to the national state of disaster,” said Government Spokesperson, Phumla Williams. 

The department of health confirmed many young people believe vaccination is unnecessary at their age, have safety concerns, and many youth are waiting for their peers to vaccinate to see what happens to them.

The country’s South Africa COVID-19 and Vaccine Social Listening Report stated many young people encountered in Buffalo City & OR Tambo district (Eastern Cape) showed no interest in the vaccine.

“There is evidence of safety concerns and belief in conspiracy theories among youth. The Limpopo Health MEC has a novel approach to youth engagement: “No condom = no sex; No vaxcertificate = no dating.”

This is a developing story.

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