Teacher Vaccinations Are More Than Halfway Done

The Department of Basic Education has administered over 300 000 vaccines so far, which is more than half of their target. They have however showed concern about the thousands of teachers and staff in the sector who are refusing to take the vaccine. 

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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) aims to vaccinate 583 000 people by 8 July with over 330 000 being done in the first week. Vaccinations for the sector began on 23 June.

Vaccinations are continuing even with schools closed which the department says will help make the rollout faster.

The Department had a target set for themselves which said they should vaccinate 300 000 people within the first 10 days saying, "this target was based on the number of doses allocated of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to the sector".

This rollout seems to have been going well and one could even say it's better than the national rollout. After day 1, 48 000 people working in the sector had already been vaccinated.

A statement released by DBE read:

By 01 July 2021 (9 days since the start of the vaccination programme), over 100% (300 052) of the Phase 1 target had been met across the nine Provinces.

The second batch of 289 000 vaccine doses has already been received and this will be for the rest of the targeted vaccinations. At the end, the department hopes to have vaccinated 582 564 teaching and non-teaching staff.

Over 10 000 teachers and support staff in just Gauteng are hesitant to take the vaccine being offered to them as part of the Education Vaccine Rollout. One can then imagine the number of people refusing to take the vaccine nationwide.

Some offer religious reasons, beliefs that it's not effective and of course, fake news as to why they won't take it but above all, it's based on fear.

DBE issued a statement on Monday trying to encourage those who work in the sector to get vaccinated, saying:

Educators and staff are urged to go to the vaccination sites to get their Johnson & Johnson vaccine injections.

These vaccinations are not compulsory with staff having to volunteer to take it.

On who else is included in the rollout, the department mentions support staff from independent schools, food handlers, screeners, cleaners and ECD practitioners.

 

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