More Vaccination Sites to Open for Teachers

Government, unions and the public are shifting their focus to teachers being vaccinated with more vaccination sites opening soon for teachers. Government is said to have secured thousands of vaccine doses for teachers.

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In Kwazulu-Natal, 21 new vaccination sites will be opened for teachers. This answers calls from unions and civil society to have teachers prioritised in the vaccine rollout.

Teacher vaccinations will commence on 9 June in the province after KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala said the province will be receiving 110 400 Johnson & Johnson vaccines for this category. 

We already have a database for these educators, which should make their vaccination easier. These educators will be guided by management in their respective districts and circuits, regarding which sites to go to, in order to get vaccinated.

Other districts will open new sites where none exist while some will see existing sites designated for these teacher vaccines. Due to teachers working from Monday until Friday, these vaccination sites might stay open for weekends.

Some teachers have been vaccinated as South Africa is now in the middle of Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout which prioritises those over 60 years of age, which some individuals in the teaching sector will fall under. 

These vaccinations being made available to all teachers are now especially important as the country experiences a third wave of Covid infections and rising case numbers are seen in schools. 

Teachers, along with educators unions, have shown concern about the Department’s announcement that primary schools will see all learners return in full-capacity every day from the beginning of third term which starts on 26 July. 

The Minister and Deputy Minister of the Basic Education Department supported those who have called for teachers to be prioritised in the vaccine rollout with the Minister, Angie Motshekga, saying:

I've raised it with Cabinet long ago. Last year we lost scores of teachers through the virus and we lost some of our most experienced people. We lost many people in the sector so I've been raising the issue with the Minister of Health. 

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has been vaccinated against Covid-19 as part of phase 2 of the vaccine rollout. The Minister received the Pfizer vaccine at eSangweni Clinic in Tembisa.

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