Schools Might Be Used For Vaccinations

Schools in the Eastern Cape might be used for vaccinations to be administered. The first batch of vaccines is expected to land in South Africa in less than a week.

Schools in the Eastern Cape might be used for vaccinations to be administered. The first batch of vaccines is expected to land in South Africa in less than a week.

To make things easier for individuals to get vaccinated, Eastern Cape's government is now considering using schools as it was found that health facilities could require citizens to travel long distances. Schools in rural areas and townships have been earmarked for vaccination as they are close to communities.

More than 2800 schools will be used. 

Dr Sibongile Zungu, Acting Head of the Eastern Cape Health Department, said:

We are looking at engaging the department of education and we have already presented to then see what we can do to make a school to be a suitable vaccination site. We need to observe issues of infection control. We have to also look at the layout for the processing of the vaccination process to ensure that there is space for vaccination that is secure and amenable to be antiseptic and also space for waiting.

They won't be storing vaccines at schools.

"Vaccination is actually much easier than treating patients because vaccinations is one useful effective intervention and is a simple system to administer," explained Thobile Mbengashe, who is the adviser to the Eastern Cape Premier.

SADTU has pleaded that all precautionary measures are followed to ensure that the schools used are kept safe and healthy and left in the manner in which they were found so that should the school be used after, no one is at risk.

Residents of the Eastern Cape are on board with this plan as well as many have had to travel and experience exhaustion when getting their medication before.

Over 6000 of South Africa's communities will have to travel over 5km to healthcare facilities. 45% of these are in the Eastern Cape.

Eastern Cape's department of health is planning to vaccinate 3,7 million people within 6 to 9 months. 

The first batch of vaccines is expected to land in South Africa on 1 February. After a two week long period of quarantine processes, healthcare workers be vaccinated in all provinces.

Phase 2 will see Essential workers, Persons in congregate settings, Persons over the age of 60 and Persons over 18 with co-morbidities receive the vaccine. The final phase will then target 22 500 000 over 18.

By the end of Phase 3, the government hopes to immunise 40 350 000 citizens which make up approximately 67.25% of the population.

Provincial Health awaits guides on safety requirements from Government for vaccination roll outs.

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