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On 10 September, the first of South Africa’s teenagers received their COVID-19 vaccine. Approximately 2 000 children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years are set to take part in South Africa's COVID-19 vaccine trial.


Following the Cabinet’s approval for the vaccination of people aged between 18 and 35 years from 20 August 2021, South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is expected to increase drastically.


A new surveillance report on children under the age of 19 has revealed that the opening and closing of schools has not affected the COVID-19 cases in any way. This suggests that schools are not the main contributors to the waves of the virus.


The Department of Basic Education released a statement that revealed how many school staff were vaccinated in two days. They stated that in the last two days, over 105 000 teachers and school staff have been vaccinated in South Africa.


The University of the Western Cape has launched a vaccination centre on Friday 18 June. The vaccination centre has been introduced to vaccinate all staff and students over the age of 60.


As the country waits for the first million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 to arrive on the 1st February, the Health Minister has confirmed that the country has secured an additional 20 million doses, this time of the Pfizer vaccine.


Many students at college or varsity live in busy residences, so are being considered for earlier vaccine rollouts. These plans, along with the plans for medical students who are working in hospitals, were presented at the Higher Health webinar for the post-school education sector's Covid-19 vaccine strategy. 


While South Africa awaits the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize provided updates on the rollout of the vaccines saying research is being done into the efficacy of the vaccines for the new variant of Covid-19. 


Reports have been circulating about the government considering to delay the reopening of schools, however, the DA wishes to find some clarity from the DBE.

 


On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in his national address that the country has secured 20 million coronavirus vaccines. 


In response to criticism that the government has been too slow in securing vaccines for the country, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has briefed the public on his department's work over the last few months to buy and then distribute Covid-19 vaccines to two thirds of the country.  Although the first vaccines are scheduled to arrive sometime in the second quarter of the year, he is hopeful that this can be brought forward to February.


The COVID-19 app is a notification system and it is not a contact tracing app. There is no way for it to be used to ‘spy’ on you.


Wits has started the first vaccine trial for Covid-19 in South Africa. Wits University is collaborating with the University of Oxford and the Oxford Jenner Institute on the vaccine trial.

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