South African Medical Association

Webinar | SAMA's position on vaccination mandates and vaccination certificates



Webinar | SAMA’s position on vaccination mandates and vaccination certificates

Dear Colleagues

Breaking news: You’re invited to a webinar announcing the South African Medical Association’s (SAMA’s) position on vaccination mandates and vaccination certificates

Thankfully, the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is ebbing, however, a fourth wave is predicted in November or December this year. To a large extent, the impact of this wave on the people of this country and the healthcare professionals who care for them, will largely be determined by the level of vaccinations in the population. Some estimates have predicted that as many as 30 000 lives can be saved if we achieve a 60% vaccination rate before the fourth wave.

The voice of the Profession will have a major impact on our country’s ability to achieve this goal. Join us this Thursday evening for a CPD accredited webinar to hear SAMA’s position on vaccination mandates and vaccination certificates

Details for the upcoming webinar

Date: 7 October 2021

Time: 19:00

Topic: SAMA’s position on vaccination mandates and vaccination certificates.

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This webinar will be led by Professor Ames Dhai

Professor Ames Dhai is Founder and Past Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences (2007–2019), Visiting Professor of Bioethics and Health Law at the Wits School of Clinical Medicine, Specialist Ethicist at the Office of the President and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and member of the Academy of Science South Africa (ASSAf). Some of her current activities include: Honorary Professor in the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, UK; Chairperson of the SAMRC Bioethics Advisory Panel; Vice Chairperson of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO; Chair of the ASSAf Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee; member on several consensus panels of the ASSAf, including the ASSAf Panel on Gene Therapies and Gene Editing ELSI; Vice-Chair on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for COVID-19 Vaccines where she heads the Technical Working Group on Mandatory Vaccinations; member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Unrelated Organ Transplants and a member of the Advisory Committee to the SA Law Commission Project on Medical Litigation. Her past roles include serving two terms as Deputy Chair of the National Health Research Ethics Council and member of the Board of the Health Professions Council of SA. She is Editor-in-chief of the South African Journal of Bioethics and Law and Associate Editor of the South African Medical Journal. She is a mediator with international accreditation through the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, UK. Professor Dhai is a leading authority in Bioethics both internationally and locally and can be credited with entrenching bioethics and human rights as an integral aspect of health sciences in SA. Using an academic platform, Professor Dhai has taken a lead in health advocacy and activism. She has published extensively in this field. Professor Dhai started her career as a medical doctor, she specialised as an obstetrician and gynaecologist and then moved into the disciplines of bioethics and health law.
Followed by an engaging panel discussion with experts form SAMA’s Human Rights Law and Ethics Committee (HLRE):

Dr Angelique Coetzee – Chairperson of SAMA and member of the HLRE

Dr Mark Human – Orthopaedic Surgeon and Chair of the SAMA HLRE

Prof Stoffel Grobler – Psychiatrist and member of the SAMA HLRE

Dr William Oosthuizen - SAMA Legal Advisor

Queries regarding CPD points

This webinar is CPD accredited. If you have any questions about CPD points, please email

Did you miss any of our previous COVID-19 webinars?

You can view and listen to all previous webinars and podcasts here.

Medical Practice Consulting has partnered with Discovery to make previously aired webinars viewable for CPD points. You can register here if you missed the opportunity to earn CPD points at live webinars.

We hope to remain a trusted source of support for your personal wellbeing and practice sustainability.

Please email for more details. We wish you strength and assure you of our ongoing support during these challenging times.


Dr Maurice Goodman
Chief Medical Officer
Discovery Health

The hosts of this series, Discovery, SAMA, UFFP and SAPPF are not positioned to comment on the material presented during these webinars. Given the rapid pace at which knowledge needs to evolve to effectively combat the pandemic, not all information presented at these sessions may be evidence-based. However, it is presented by leading experts of the highest calibre at the cutting edge of Covid research and management. We are confident that the clinicians attending these webinars will use their individual clinical judgement and discretion about which advice and guidance they choose to apply in the management of their patients.

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