Teachers Offered Free Uber Rides To Get Vaccinated

The drive to vaccinate teachers begins this week. Uber has committed to providing 100 000 free rides to get teachers to and from vaccination sites.

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Although teachers and other school staff members have been asked to make their own transport arrangements to vaccine sites, E-hailing giant Uber has offered its assistance by committing to provide 100 000 free rides for school staff members who will be travelling to and from vaccine sites.

This comes after the Department of Basic Education recently announced its essential worker's vaccine rollout set to begin on Wednesday 23 June.

The department aims to administer 582,000 jabs of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to employees in the education sector within a period of two weeks.

Uber Sub-Saharan Africa General Manager, Frans Hiemstra said it is important for them to provide assistance due to the key role teachers play in society:

We believe teachers are the backbone of South Africa and we need to do everything we can to make sure that transport is not a barrier for teachers to get vaccinated, so we obviously have the platform and we want to give something to make it easier for teachers to get vaccinated.

Hiemstra added that the company would willing to add to its assistance if 300 000 teachers get vaccinated.

And to clarify I would be happy if we can get 300 000 teachers vaccinated I would be happy to commit 300 000 as well, So if teachers are using the opportunity we'd be happy to extend.

Furthermore according to a statement by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, although the rollout is aimed at all teachers and School Governing Body (SGB) staff in both public and private schools, staff with the following criteria would not qualify for vaccination:

  • Any person who had contracted Covid-19 in the past 30 days.
  • Any person who was vaccinated using another vaccine (Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson, under Sisonke).
  • Any person who had received a flu vaccine in the past 14 days.

The vaccination drive is expected to be completed by 8 July – the day before schools close for the mid-year break and will need to roll out at an average rate of around 42,000 doses administered daily

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