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The Department of Health announced that children between the ages of 12 and 17 are now eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccinations, starting from Wednesday, 20 October. However, this progress in the vaccine rollout has not come without some concerns.


 

COSAS in Limpopo requests that learners receive the COVID-19 vaccination as all pupils are back at school.


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.


Just like that, we are near to the end of the education sector vaccine rollout, which the department hopes will help bring schools back to normal. This rollout is expected to finish by 9 July.


The Department of Basic Education has administered over 300 000 vaccines so far, which is more than half of their target. They have however showed concern about the thousands of teachers and staff in the sector who are refusing to take the vaccine. 


Yesterday marked day one of the teacher (and school staff) vaccination rollout, after many months of demanding that teachers be prioritised. The Department is said to be satisfied with day one.


The Health Department has now said that Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which will be used for teachers, will arrive on Friday. There has been no set date announced for when these vaccinations will begin but there are some predictions.


The South African Democratic Teachers' Union, what we know as SADTU, wants teachers to be prioritised in the vaccine rollout. 

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