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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.


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.


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.


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.


The University of the Western Cape has launched a vaccination centre on Friday 18 June. The vaccination centre has been introduced to vaccinate all staff and students over the age of 60.


On Monday the 21st the task of vaccinating 500 000 teachers and other school staff will begin. A consignment of J&J vaccine has been set aside for the task and the Health Department has briefed parliament on the detailed plans that are in place to get as many public and private school staff vaccinated as possible over the next 10 days.


Aspen says it will release 300 000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) doses earmarked for teachers soon. Many calls came for government to prioritise the vaccinations of teachers.


Even though reports of increasing COVID-19 cases in schools rise, it is still unclear when teachers will receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

 


As the country fights the third wave of COVID-19 and primary school learners prepare to return to full-time contact learning, there are requests for teachers to be prioritised for the vaccine.


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.


Work is currently underway to get a vaccine for Covid-19 and many are hoping to have it ready to be shipped out by next year. However, when exactly will we get the vaccine after it's developed? Where is South Africa on the list?


Wits has started the first vaccine trial for Covid-19 in South Africa. Wits University is collaborating with the University of Oxford and the Oxford Jenner Institute on the vaccine trial.

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