Gauteng Education Spokesperson, Steve Mabona and Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) Executive Director, Lebogang Montjane both shared news of progress with regards to the vaccination rollout for educators in the independent school sector.
Beginning by sharing that the education department would like to encourage all educators to get vaccinated, Steve Mabona also acknowledged that those unwilling would not be forced against their own will to do so.
Furthermore, in response to educators who have struggled to get vaccinated since the education sector launched its vaccination programme, Mabona shared that outstanding data uploads to the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) were a contributing factor.
He noted that teachers who were not accounted for in the system, would not have been scheduled for vaccination, saying “If they were not in the system...we cannot facilitate that vaccination”.
However, he mentioned that by the 1st of July, e expected that all private sector educators whose names were yet to be captured, would have been uploaded to the system.
He ended off by apologising for the delay and for any confusion that may have been caused as a result of this miscommunication.
Montjane said that the delay in the vaccine rollout to independent school sectors was also a result of them having to wait a week after the rollout in the education sector began, before officially being able to get vaccinated as of the 30th of June.
The one week wait was said to be a result of public sector educators being scheduled for vaccination first. However, Montjane noted that since the 30th, rollout has proceeded smoothly, saying as recently as Wednesday, the 7th of July, that about “90% of [their] people have been vaccinated so far.”
He also urged educators who had not yet received any communication regarding their vaccination to contact their institutions to organise vaccination as soon as possible.