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The Higher Education and training sector is calling on more students to get vaccinated. This comes amid concerns by Higher Health that only one-third of students have been vaccinated so far.


Most state laws presume that minors lack medical decision-making capacity and therefore require parental consent for most health care decisions, including vaccination. This might not be the case in South Africa's latest decision to include children in the vaccine rollout. 


Wits University has released a framework in efforts to make vaccines mandatory for student. The University has now received some negative reactions to this proposal.


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.


As many countries begin to implement restrictions on unvaccinated citizens, the thought of mandatory vaccinations grows stronger amongst both academic and medical professionals. With these sentiments around the vaccine being on the rise, the UCT Student Representative Council (SRC) has circulated a survey to gage UCT students’ thoughts on the matter.


The issue around whether vaccination should be mandatory in higher learning institutions has led to student bodies taking a united stance against the idea. They believe that universities should instead address the underlying issues around why some students do not want to get vaccinated.

 


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.


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.


Classes at Grey College in Bloemfontein have been suspended after a Covid outbreak. Over 50 people have tested positive, including learners and staff.


The Suid-Afrikaanse Onderwysersunie (SAOU) has now raised concerns over developments of teachers who refuse to take the vaccine for invalid reasons. Read further for more.


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 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.

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