SALBA statement on vaccine requirement for purchasing alcohol

Media Statement

The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (SALBA) notes the media comments suggesting that COVID-19 vaccination should be a requirement for purchasing alcoholic beverages.

The alcohol industry supports public education and awareness efforts to encourage vaccination and encourage behaviors that prevent infections such as social distancing, wearing of masks and regular use of sanitizers. SALBA members are actively encouraging their employees to take the vaccine and we will work with all stakeholders to promote the vaccine drive to reach population or herd immunity.

We do not believe the proposal is viable because businesses, irrespective of the product offering cannot deny access to consumers.

Health education and awareness programmes are the established measures to encourage voluntary uptake for health interventions.

Issued by FTI Consulting on behalf of the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (SALBA).

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