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The deployment of the Covid-19 vaccine aimed at vaccinating more than half a million South African teachers and school staff began on Wednesday.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said leaders of the five teachers’ unions and executives in the basic education sector will receive their injections tomorrow at the Atteridgeville Community Hall in Pretoria.
âI am delighted and have high hopes for the deployment. Tomorrow, the campaign will be posed by union leaders, bringing in their members, âshe said during a press briefing.
The leaders of the five recognized teachers ‘unions – the South African Democratic Teachers Union, the National Organization of Professional Teachers of South Africa, the National Teachers Union, the Professional Educators’ Union and the Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie – will receive their shots alongside CEOs of various teacher councils.
The Department of Health revealed last week that 300,000 Johnson & Johnson doses have been allocated to those employed in the education sector.
Motshekga said the deployment is scheduled to end on July 8.
âWe need two weeks because we don’t want to disrupt schooling when we close the 8th. We want this to be done so that when we come back to the next term we are done,â she said.
The Ministry of Health has said that not all staff in the basic education sector will need to register with the Covid-19 Electronic Immunization Data System (EVDS) and that each district will be assigned a number of vaccination sites.
Vaccinations are not voluntary, the Basic Education Ministry said, however all staff are encouraged to get vaccinated to ensure industry standardization. Further announcements will be made in this regard.
Meanwhile, several members of Sadtu in KwaZulu-Natal have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, including its vice president, Mabutho Cele.
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