Its Unclear When Teachers Will Get Vaccinated

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Even though reports of increasing COVID-19 cases in schools rise, it is still unclear when teachers will receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

 


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500 000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines have been secured by the government for teachers to be vaccinated. However, the vaccines which were meant to arrive, are still awaiting approval from the U.S Food and Drug Administration.

The Health Department will only have two weeks to inspect and administer vaccinations with a short shelf life. 

The arrival of the vaccines has been delayed after possible vaccine contamination was detected, by the U.S authorities, at one plant.

The government plans to vaccinate teachers before primary school learners return to school full-time in July 2021. 

Basil Manuel, the president of NAPTOSA, stated that they have asked the government when the vaccines will arrive and have received reassurance that the system is ready.

"Within a day or so the vaccines will be here [and] the rollout will begin immediately," said Manuel.

The Education Department is hoping to vaccinate teachers over the age of 40 and those with comorbidities, after a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in high schools around the country.

The Unions announced that they will only request school closures as a last resort and the decision will be based on the number of COVID-19 cases. In the meantime, they have urged schools to follow COVID-19 regulations.


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