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As schools are set to reopen after the winter break, the developments regarding the vaccination of the education sector show that a small percentage of teachers are still hesitant to receive the jab. 


The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, spoke on Friday and announced that vaccinations for the higher education sector will begin on Saturday. Government has been working on this rollout for a year already.


The teacher vaccination rollout has been completed with Gauteng boasting a 92% vaccination rate for it's school sector. The department aimed to initially vaccinate over 580 000 nationally.


Teacher vaccinations concluded just last week with hundreds of thousands got vaccinated. The rollout is said to have gone down better than expected.


Vaccinations of the Early Childhood Development sector has now kicked off with some provinces having a delayed start. They aim to vaccinate almost 250 000 in the span of a few days. 


After the previous deadline was extended, today marks the last day for teachers and school staff to get the vaccinations. What about those who couldn't get vaccinated though? Keep reading to find out.


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.


The Department of Basic Education was expected to finish its vaccination programme of teachers on 8 July 2021. The two weeks’ timeline for vaccination of teachers started on 23 June 2021 but there are new developments, read further for more.


Thousands of teachers were not able to get vaccinated during the education sector's vaccine rollout. Testing positive for Covid was only one of the reasons why this happened. 


It has been said that as of Wednesday, the 30th of June, the vaccine rollout for independent school teachers has been moving swiftly despite initial delays in the vaccination schedule as a result of unregistered educators.

 


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. 


Teacher's union Sadtu has said that it is satisfied with the vaccine rollout for the education sector in the Eastern Cape. 


A week into the vaccine rollout for the education sector, almost 250 000 have already been vaccinated. This rollout is not only for teachers but those who work in school environments as well.


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.


The Teacher vaccination rollout is now in it's second week with all school staff being inoculated. The sector's goal is to vaccinate 582 000 people by 8 July.


Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said that vaccinations in the sector will continue even with schools closing. Motshekga was speaking at a media briefing in Free State while giving an update on the education sector's response to Covid19. 


Amid the rollout of vaccines for the education sector, Early Childhood Development teachers feel let down after they were left out of the vaccination rollout. 


Teacher's unions have expressed concern surrounding the amount of vaccines available for the education sector however Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga says that there are enough vaccines for all employees in the sector. 


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.

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