Education Department Now Targets 200 000 More Vaccinations
The Department of Basic Education was expected to finish its vaccination programme of teachers on 8 July 2021. The two weeks’ timeline for vaccination of teachers started on 23 June 2021 but there are new developments, read further for more.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has extended the vaccination programme until 9 July 2021 in order to give more teachers an opportunity to come forward and get vaccinated.
The extension for the vaccination of teachers was supported by the DBE Minister, Angie Motshekga, after the target amount changed of staff to be vaccinated. DBE aimed at vaccinating 582 000 teachers but later added the non-teaching staff such as food handlers which took the number to 800 000.
Some provinces, like Kwazulu- Natal, experienced technical challenges which halted the progress of the teachers and non-teaching staff vaccination programme.
The KZN Department of Education reported that some teachers didn’t appear in the system which caused a delay in the vaccination process. More than 100 000 teachers and non-teaching staff have been vaccinated in the province since the programme started.
The already vaccinated teachers in KZN expressed their relief for getting the vaccinations and encouraged others to come forward.
The Department of Education in the province however stated that they will not close doors for those who missed the deadline as they have been experiencing technical challenges.
Minister Motshekga insisted that all teachers are expected back to work when schools reopen even those with disabilities. Its reported that about 16 000 teachers who are vulnerable to Covid-19 were placed on leave.
The extension of the vaccination programme for teachers serves to ensure that the teachers are safer from contracting the Covid-19 virus. The Department of Education also stressed that no one will be forced to take the vaccine against their will.
The extension for vaccination of teachers and non-teaching staff is only until 9 Friday 2021 and its not clear if the Department of Education managed to get to the targeted numbers. Some provinces reported challenges which halted the vaccination progress.
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