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The University of Cape Town Senate has voted for the mandatory vaccination of students and staff from January 2022.

Western Cape’s Education Department is now urging those Matriculants who are eligible to get vaccinated as the Matric final exams approach. Recently, the Department of Basic Education released the final Matric exam timetable.

On Sunday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa took to the podium as he announced changes to the National Lockdown regulations. These included a new curfew, lockdown level and a few other things so keep reading for all the details.

A study was conducted using UNICEF South Africa’s free U-Report SMS platform which revealed that only 55% of young people in the country are willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

With COVID-19 being a prevalent part of our daily lives for the past year and a half, what initially seemed like an opportunity to get a bit of time off from school and work when the virus first reached South Africa’s doorsteps in March of 2020, has manifested into a deadly global pandemic that has seeped into all of our lives, forcing us to adjust our day-to-day routines to accommodate it.

Like any vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild short-term side effects. Most reactions to the vaccine are mild and will go away on their own.

The South African Health Department says that 300 000 vaccine doses have arrived in the country for teachers. Unions say that 75% of teachers in the country are willing to take the vaccine. 

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.

On Monday the 21st the task of vaccinating 500 000 teachers and other school staff will begin. A consignment of J&J vaccine has been set aside for the task and the Health Department has briefed parliament on the detailed plans that are in place to get as many public and private school staff vaccinated as possible over the next 10 days.

Teachers in South Africa are next in line to receive Covid-19 vaccines, as half a million Johnson & Johnson vaccines doses have been secured for them but await authorisation from the FDA in the USA. Naptosa welcomes the rollout but expresses concern over the delay of the authorisation. 

Government, unions and the public are shifting their focus to teachers being vaccinated with more vaccination sites opening soon for teachers. Government is said to have secured thousands of vaccine doses for teachers.

The Department of Basic Education is now calling for teachers over 60 to go and register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The country is currently in Phase 2 of it's vaccine rollout to protect against Covid-19.

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, is now amongst those citizens who have received the Covid-19 vaccine. Currently, the country is in Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout.

Schools in the Eastern Cape might be used for vaccinations to be administered. The first batch of vaccines is expected to land in South Africa in less than a week.

Experts are now saying that the Covid second wave, which we are all concerned about, might not even happen this year. South Africans are being urged to change their behaviours and avoid attending super spreader events now that we near the festive season.

Work is currently underway to get a vaccine for Covid-19 and many are hoping to have it ready to be shipped out by next year. However, when exactly will we get the vaccine after it's developed? Where is South Africa on the list?

South Africa's trials for a possible drug to treat Covid-19 has begun. Should this drug trial end in success and with the way it's being trialed, it could treat those most likely to be hospitalised for complications and aid that very result before complications from the virus arises.

South Africa's second round of vaccine trials for the coronavirus has begun. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also donated millions of dollars to American Company Novavax for vaccine trials in South Africa. This hopefully will lead to a faster production of the vaccine in South Africa. 

A vaccine being developed at Oxford University is said to be 'hugely promising' and is producing an immune response during it's trials. South Africa's Wits University is involved in this very vaccine trial.