COVID-19 Update | 1 October 2021
According to Our World in Data, as of 30 September 2021, South Africa has administered 17 million doses with 8,5 million people being fully vaccinated representing 14,5% of the total population. To get accurate updates on the vaccine rollout, visit the external resources section on our COVID-19 Vaccine page or click here.
The 7-day average as of 30 September 2021 is 1 370 new cases per day. To stop the spread of COVID-19 it is important to adhere to all safety regulations.
Vaccine Hesitancy a Significant Barrier
According to a survey by the Human Sciences Research Council, 28% of the population are hesitant to take the vaccine. The top 3 reasons for this are:
- Side effects
“The category of distrust spans both distrust and fear of the vaccine itself, and distrust of institutions such as the government or international institutions like the World Health Organisation (WHO). A total of 6% of hesitant adults indicated that they believed in alternative remedies to vaccines. These alternative remedies ranged from the use of drugs like Ivermectin to
traditional medicines. Some of the explanations reflected a general uncertainty (9%) or a need for more information (5%).”
Source: UJ-HSRC COVID-19 Democracy Report
How having the COVID-19 Vaccine can open up travel
According to BusinessTech, as of 8 September, as Covid-19 cases decline and more people are vaccinated in South Africa, certain countries are starting to reopen their borders to travellers from South Africa. Restrictions for South African travels differ by country and can range from proof of a negative test or vaccination to quarantine periods on arrival. You can follow a travel
mapping tool developed by Skyscanner shows which countries have major restrictions to low restrictions. Click here to view.
Source: Business Tech