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SASCO rejects the attempt by some universities in South Africa to implement mandatory vaccinations. The organisation believes the current discussion is an adventurous imposition on self-determination and the freedom of choice.


The South African Health Products Authority has approved the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 years old and above. This would be the first vaccine to be approved for children in South Africa.


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.


Now that anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, the Department of Higher Education has stepped in to assist. Vaccination sites are set up at Universities across the country.


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.


The Basic Education Department says that learners lost between 50% and 75% of a normal year's worth of schooling in 2020. And indicates that this may have a lasting negative in the long term.


The Higher Education sector rolled out vaccinations to thousands of Post Schooling education and training sector staff since the commencement of the vaccination rollout on 24 July 2021. 


There has recently been speculation that the Department of Basic Education was threatening teachers who were not getting vaccinated and they were told they would be fired. The Department has now addressed this so keep reading to find out whether this is just another bout of fake news or if it's true.


As learners have their first day of school for the third term, the Western Cape Education Department reports that 80% of it's school staff has been vaccinated. The basic education sector kicked off their vaccine rollout on 23 June.


On Sunday, the President announced that the youth of South Africa, aged 18 to 34, will be eligible for the vaccine in September. The number of vaccination sites is set to increase with the online vaccine registration service also seeing improvements soon.


Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape has joined the group of South African universities who are fighting against Covid-19 by establishing Covid-19 vaccination sites on their campuses. 


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. 

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