South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that his government will be rolling out a coronavirus vaccination certificate which will be used to facilitate travel, access to establishments and gatherings and other forms of activity that require proof of vaccination status.
Speaking during a briefing on Thursday Ramaphosa said, “This evening, I would like to talk to you about four matters that are vital to our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery of our society and economy.
“These are, firstly, the intensification of our national vaccination campaign; secondly, the measures we will be taking to further open our economy; thirdly, the introduction of a vaccination certificate; and, fourthly, our engagements with the United Kingdom to restore travel, tourism and trade.”
He added that the Department of Health would soon be rolling out a vaccination certificate, which will provide a secure and verifiable proof of vaccination.
“It can be used to facilitate travel, access to establishments and gatherings and other forms of activity that require proof of vaccination status. Our approach is informed by World Health Organisation guidelines and is in line with international best practice.
“Streamlining and standardising proof of vaccination will also go a long way towards getting a number of international travel restrictions both from and into our country eased. Getting vaccinated is not only about protecting yourself and those around you.”