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As Covid-19 cases rise within the institutions of higher learning, NEHAWU is becoming worried that campuses might become Covid-19 hotspots and create super spreaders. 


With the vaccine rollout going smoothly, the South African Democratic Teachers Union, better known as SADTU, is questioning government's processes. They want government to not only do more but to also prioritise the vaccinations of teachers.


University of Cape Town Professor, Lydia Cairncross, was part of the first South Africans to get the Covid vaccine. Higher Health held discussions on including medical students who are working in hospitals in the first phase 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.


The Higher Education department and institutions is now preparing for the reopening of Universities in March while we still live alongside Covid-19. The Department is also preparing institutions to support the vaccine rollout.


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.

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