No Vaccine, No Alcohol Says Limpopo MEC

Limpopo Health MEC, Phophi Ramathuba says she is holding discussions with liquor traders in the province about refusing to sell alcohol to unvaccinated customers.

In an interview with South Africa’s news Channel eNCA, Ramathuba confirmed that the dialogue has begun.

However, reiterated that there is no national legislation that forces people to vaccinate.

“It is not compulsory in our country and that includes Limpopo. However, as a health department, we can’t just fold our arms and keep complaining about vaccine hesitancy when we know we can engage the liquor industry,” she said.

Ramathuba said that the liquor industry is one of the segments which is hardest hit when a new wave of Covid-19 cases impacts the country, with the government quick to ban alcohol to help reduce the strain on hospitals.

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