The health department rejects the government’s claims to move forward with new health rules, mandatory vaccines

The Department of Health rejected as fake news the messages circulating on social media on the new Covid-19 regulations proposals and on mandatory vaccinations.

Messages saying the government is moving forward with the new health rules and the mandatory vaccination policy next month made the rounds.

But the department labeled these claims as fake news.

New Covid-19 regulations

The fake news comes after the department released the draft regulation this week as the government aims to move the country out of the country. State of disaster.

The proposed regulations will be part of the National health law.

the regulations will ensure that there are sufficient protective measures to manage the current Covid-19 pandemic and future outbreaks.

The proposals include a limit on the number of unvaccinated people for indoor activities and that the mask mandate for indoor gatherings remains in place.

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The government will still have the power to decide on other restrictions such as curfews, sporting activities, lockdowns, economic activities, the sale of alcohol, among others.

The draft rules also set out the requirements for self-isolation, instead of being directed, among other things, to a government structure.

South African citizens have 30 days – up April 15which is the day when the disaster state will come to an end after the last extension, to share their views on the regulations.

Code of good practice

While the conversation around mandatory vaccinations it was not well received by some South Africans, the Department of Employment and Work this week it published a new Code of Good Practice for Covid-19 and issues related to vaccinations in the workplace.

The new code was published in the Official Journal on Tuesday and ever since sparked a debate.

The code states that all employers must take steps to determine the vaccination status of their workers.

“In implementing this code, an employer can require their employees to disclose their vaccination status and produce a vaccination certificate,” the document states.

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“If an employee refuses to be vaccinated, the employer must notify the worker and, if requested, allow the worker to seek advice from a health and safety representative, workers representative or union official.

“[The employer must also] take steps to reasonably accommodate the employee in a position that does not require the employee to be vaccinated, “he added.

Meanwhile, the department has urged citizens to get stung or boosted to bolster immunity against Covid-19 infection.

People who received the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) single-dose vaccine. are now eligible to receive a second jab booster.

Just over 33 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in South Africa since the vaccination program was launched last year.