The Department of Social Development (DSD) officially began the Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector's vaccine rollout on Monday 19 July. They aim to vaccinate over 240 000 people within the sector by 23 July.
The vaccination roll-out plan will include poeple in the following categories:
- The Early Childhood Development (ECD) workforce – this is inclusive of ECD practitioners and staff who work in the ECD environment.
- All Social Service Professionals – incl. all Social Workers, Auxiliary Social Workers, Student Social Workers currently doing fieldwork, Child & Youth Care Workers, Child & Youth Care Auxiliary Workers & includes Social Service Professionals in public, private or NGO sectors.
- All frontline staff working in the DSD across the Republic which includes all Social Development Facilities, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), the National Development Agency (NDA), and the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).
- Community development practitioners employed by the Department of Social Development
This vaccine rollout will cover both ECDs registered and unregistered with government, including centre and non-centre-based programmes, the department said.
The Department has been working with the ECD Inter-Sectoral Forum to ensure that no-one is left behind, given that ECDs remain open whilst schools are closed and practitioners are equally at risk of the contracting the virus.
Western Cape will start with it's vaccinations on 22 July and Limpopo will start on 23 July.
Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, said, Over the past few days, the Provincial Departments of Social Development and Health have been working hard to ensure that the social development sector is prioritised for the vaccination roll out during the current phase, given the work that we do as a sector, through our daily interaction with the public in fulfilling our mandate of serving the most vulnerable in society".
Only people who registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) will be allowed to register and that no paper-based registration will be used at vaccination sites.
The following documents are required when going to the various vaccination sites:
- Identity document or Passport;
- Employee card and practice card, or receipt in the case of registered practitioners;
- Medical aid cards for those who are on any medical aid; and
- An updated cell-phone number which must be provided to the healthcare professional at the vaccination site in order to ensure that they receive further communication directly from the Department of Health.
"COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, especially severe illness and death. It reduces the risk of people spreading the virus that causes COVID-19, [and] are a key tool in ending the pandemic and getting societies back to normal."
Head to the DSD Twitter page for more information on getting your vaccine if you fall under the ECD sector.