Vaccine Shortage Slows KZN Education Sector Rollout

Vaccine rollout

Several districts in Kwazulu-Natal have run out of vaccines for teachers. Despite this, the province aims to inoculate 127 000 education sector staff within two weeks.

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The Kwa-Zulu Natal Education Sector's vaccine rollout has run into some challenges following reports that many districts in the province have run out of vaccines for teachers. 

The province has set itself an ambitious target of vaccinating 127 000 teachers and education sector staff within two weeks. As it stands, the province has vaccinated 60 000 staff members.

Educator's Union of SA's Kabelo Mahlobongwane has criticized the Department of Basic Education for its inability to deliver on its promise. 

They were just trying to place lip service and full us when they said they are going to vaccinate all teachers in two weeks. Our government and specifically the Department of Basic Education does not have a record of service delivery, so we knew that it was not going to happen.

However, department officials say that they are looking to resume the programme on Wednesday to completion following the arrival of additional doses.   

We have received an additional number of doses which will be distributed to the province today and tomorrow. So we are expecting to resume the programme on Wednesday until completion. 

"We are aware that today some of the centres have run out of doses and we want to make a call to all the educators that they should not panic."

Unions have also welcomed the President's decision to institute the recently announced closure of schools.

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