The Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) in the Northern Cape Province has communicated that, it will not support teachers who refuse the vaccine based on invalid reasons.
The Union said teachers should learn from past experiences as the Northern Cape Department of Education had 41 victims who passed away from Covid-19.
The SAOU spokesperson in the Northern Cape believes that it’s a duty for every teacher to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Also, Northern Cape Education Spokesperson Lehuma Ntuane said taking vaccines will move towards normalizing education once more.
He also said they are aware of over 3000 teachers that were not vaccinated due to different reasons like annual and medical leave.
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, had previously encouraged teachers to use the vaccination rollout in order to stabilize education.
More teachers are reported to be the victims of misinformation on social media and other platforms which distribute misleading stories about vaccine.
SAOU made it clear that they will not be entertaining reasons from teachers that are based on misleading disinformation.
The Union went on to urge teachers to take the vaccination process seriously as the Northern Cape was one of the hard-hit provinces during the second wave.
SAOU's Provincial Secretary, Henk Brand, said that they acknowledge those who have valid reasons for not taking vaccines.
If the reasons for not taking the vaccines are a bit suspicious we can’t support that.
Brand also said the blame should be partly shared with the Department of Health that had delays in scheduled vaccinations.
Its reported that 300 schools in the Northern Cape were affected and this should also serve as a lesson for them to follow the safety precautions.
The Union hasn’t clearly stated consequences for teachers who refused to take vaccines or a way forward to solving the problem.