Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
4 minute read
3 Feb 2021
5:00 am

Forced vaccination: What happens if enough people refuse a Covid-19 jab?

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Though employers can't force workers to get the vaccine, they could argue that failure to get jabbed is preventing them from creating a safe work environment, and if you can't work from home, you could get sacked.

A medical worker inoculates a doctor with a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre (IKDRC) in Ahmedabad on January 16, 2021. (Photo by Sam PANTHAKY / AFP)

Despite the promises that no one would be forced to get vaccinated against Covid-19, legal experts say this doesn't mean that government couldn't do so if needed, or that your job and other private companies couldn't make vaccination compulsory for employees. In order to achieve herd immunity, more than 67% of the country's residents would have to be vaccinated or develop immunity through getting infected. To this end, government hopes to vaccinate more than 40 million people by the end of the year. Public health law expert Safura Abdool-Karim on Monday pointed out that President Cyril Ramaphosa was categorically clear...