Teacher Vaccinations Deadline Once Again Extended

With target numbers nearing a million for the vaccinations in the education sector, these inoculations could then not be finished on time. The Department of Basic Education has now announced that they'll be extending the deadline.

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The deadline for vaccinations of teachers and school staff has now been extended to 14 July with the original deadline being 8 July.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) announced this on Friday and explained the extension:

The extension became necessary when additional doses for basic education personnel became available. This extension will enable the sector to vaccinate more people but also to mop up where some sites experienced some technical challenges resulting in delays.

One reason for these delays are that teachers and school staff who are not on the public school system, be that private school staff and other personnel, had to be loaded on the vaccine system in the last days leading up to 9 July. 

Last week, the department also said that they target 200 000 more vaccinations, adding to the original 582 000 figure with them saying, "Provinces reported that more and more people were coming forward seeking to be vaccinated".

At the end of Friday, 437 386 people were vaccinated so far as part of the sector's rollout.

The department is looking to introduce a paper form for the recording of DBE staff which won't be found on the electronic database. They will also have DBE staff at all vaccination sites to make sure that those who come to get vaccinated are from the sector.

Should they not be on the system but they are found to be DBE staff, they will then use the paper form.

On Sunday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools will remain closed until 26 July with the level 4 lockdown being extended for another 2 weeks.

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The department has also been urging all educators and staff to get vaccinated during this time that the sector's vaccine rollout is running.

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