South Africans who have suffered adverse reactions after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine can claim financial compensation should they lose out on wages while recovering from the injury.

With the National State of Disaster that has come to an end, the new Code of Good Practice regulations allows for options under which employees can lodge such claims.

Associate of Employment Law, at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Dylan Bouchier says claims can be lodged via the Covid-19 Vaccine Injury No-fault Compensation Scheme.

He says employees can also claim illness benefits under the TERS scheme.

South Africans can also, if following the correct legal route, claim for losses and expenses incurred under the lockdown regulations.

Bouchier says employees can, therefore, under certain circumstances, lodge reimbursement claims for Covid-19 tests, unpaid leave, and the loss of income.

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The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says if the next wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is worse than expected, the national state of disaster could be reinstated.

The next wave is expected in May, or June this year.

Dlamini-Zuma says the health department will then give advice on whether the state of disaster should be reactivated.

She says this will happen if infection rates are high and the country’s hospitals start filling up.

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The Athlone Vaccination Centre of Hope officially closed its doors over the weekend.

The facility opened in August of 2021, with a drive-through component that was introduced in September of 2021 to facilitate easier access to Covid-19 vaccines for Mother City residents.

Deputy General at the Western Cape Department of Health, Dr. Saadiq Kariem says that more than 80,000 doses of vaccine had been administered at the site.

He encourages residents to visit the City’s other available vaccination sites to get their Covid-19 injections.

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Infectious diseases expert Professor Marc Mendelson says President Cyril Ramaphosa should also have abolished the limit on the number of people at outdoor gatherings.

Ranaphosa addressed the nation earlier this week, announcing changes to some of the level one lockdown regulations.

Mendelson says outdoor gatherings provide sufficient ventilation which has been proven to reduce the chances of spreading Covid-19.

He says the inconsistency of the adjusted regulations has left him baffled.

Mendelson says PCR-tests for people traveling to South Africa, regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not, should also be scrapped.

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The Solidarity Fund has, since its inception, distributed more than R170-million to the national Covid-19 vaccination programme.

The funds were allocated to more than 200 Government-owned vaccination sites where, to date, more than 850,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine had been distributed.

These doses were distributed across the country’s nine provinces.

Last week it was announced that the Fund will be wrapping up its operations at the end of September this year.

Spokesperson, Didi Masoetsa.

Masoetsa says the fund could be called back into operation, in the future, should the need arise.

 

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