Dept Alarmed That Over 9000 Educators Refuse Vaccination
The Gauteng Department of Basic Education says it is alarmed that more than 9000 educators and support staff, including those with comorbities, are refusing to take Covid-19 vaccination. We are now in week 2 of the education sector's vaccine rollout.
In a statement issued on Friday this past week, the Gauteng Department of Basic MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the department is alarmed that over 9 000 educators and support staff are refusing to take the vaccination.
We are very worried that nearly 10 000 of our personnel in the Gauteng education sector are, for one reason or the other, refusing to be vaccinated against this deadly virus which has wreaked havoc in our schools and communities by taking away our loved ones
Although the vaccination is done on a voluntary basis, the World Health Organisation (WHO), has encouraged people who are more likely to contract the virus including frontline workers such as, healthcare workers, educators, the elderly and people with other medical conditions to take the vaccination jabs.
The Department further states that vaccination could lessen the risking of spreading the infection or being infected by the virus.
The Department of Basic Education launched a nationwide vaccination program for the education sector on 23 June 2021 which as of 2 June, saw 53 154 educators and support staff out of 124 934 personnel at 56 sector-dedicated vaccination centres across the province.
Additionally, the statement says that refusal to vaccinate threaten the government's efforts to normalize schooling and the academic year.
Overall, at the national level, according to a recently released statement. The Department of Basic Education has so far vaccinated 333 000 educators and support staff.
These are the reasons why it is important for teachers to take their vaccine jabs:
- All vaccines used in South Africa have been tested and approved by SAHPRA, an entity of the National Department of Health created by Government with the responsibility to regulate health products in the country
- Getting the vaccine will protect you from severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
- When you are vaccinated, your immune system will recognize the virus quickly when you get infected with COVID-19 and prevents you from being severely ill or dying.
- Get vaccinated, you will be doing it for yourself and your loved ones.
- When we collectively take the decision to get vaccinated, we take a step closer to returning to getting back to life as we knew it.
- Our leaders in Government, Teacher Unions, faith-based and other sectors have already gotten the vaccine.
- Fake news and conspiracy theories are part of all vaccination programmes always listen to the experts and the scientists.
- The Basic Education sector is aware of hesitancy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines. The sector is working closely with Teacher Unions, SGBs and other stakeholders to address it.
- The Basic Education sector is engaging experts and leaders of faith based groups to address vaccine hesitancy in the sector.
- Getting the vaccine provides you with one layer of protection - you still need to continue wearing a mask, washing or sanitizing your hands and keeping physical distance from others. Together, these provide you with a complete package of protection.
- . Vaccination is voluntary – The Basic Education sector will ever force you to take it. You can, however, save yourself and help save others by choosing vaccination.
- The Basic Education sector vaccination programme will remain open during the week of 5-9 July 2021.
- You can get vaccinated at your nearest vaccination designated site. Your school has the information on the nearest vaccination site.
- For more information, call the COVID-19 call centre on 0800 029 999
With the education sector is in dire need of educators to accommodate the high volume of South African students, the need for qualified educators is paramount. In South Africa, there are a number of bursary funds available to support students who would like to enter the education sector.
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