School children aged 12 and older to get vaccinated?
The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) says there is a need for government to rapidly explore taking the Covid-19 immunization push to schools.
According to the union's secretary general, Mugwena Maluleke, there was a high number of positive instances from youngsters aged 12-years and older in primary schools, after their return to conventional daily timetabling in August.
He warned that returning to normal high school schedules would pose a risk now that the country was at adjusted lockout level 2.
On Monday, News24 discussed the movement of the country to the level 2 with four unions of teachers following an announcement of President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday.The change saw a certain amount of limitations on meetings and the topping.
"Secondary schools are a severe danger of adjustment, because we observe many positive cases from... 12 years of age in primary schools and we must urgently push the Department of Health to make the vaccine available for people 12 years of age and older," Maluleke said in a statement in News24.
He stated that the union considered that the rollouts of youngsters, particularly those aged 12 and older had scientific proof.
News24 earlier stated that once new information from manufacturers had been received, the SA Health Products Authority (Sahpra) has authorized the use of Pfizer Covid 19 vaccines on children 12 and older.
After the initiation of the child vaccine study in South Africa, approval was given.
Sinovac carries out pediatric Covid-19 trials through Numolox with a local vaccine licence.
The first two adolescents, one boy and one girl, received the Sinovac jabs on Friday in Pretoria, Sefako Makgatho University, GaRankuwa. Your identities are kept secret in order to preserve your privacy.
Maluleke stated lock-down level 2 was more about the economy and partially on health, together with the executive director of the South African national professional teaching organization (Naptosa), Basil Manuel.
In both cases, overcrowding in schools was still a big concern and any decision about a full return to the regular high school schedule should be done with caution.
Maluleke says infrastructure, which could not accommodate enough social distance at schools, was still a matter when certain primary schools returned to everyday attendance.
Manuel noted that in high schools this was more of a worry.
"We want the [for] our schools to be more secure. We have to go into next year, and see how we can assure that our students spend more time in class not just for the moment, level 2, but also "He said it. He said it.
Manuel stated although Naptosa always had a detrimental influence on the rotating schedule, he was equally careful not to infect youngsters in uncertain circumstances.
Education issues were anticipated to be discussed at the lockdown level 2 Special Council of Ministries for Education (ECM) on Wednesday, said Department Speaker Elijah Mhlanga.
President Johannes Motona of the Professional Educators Union and Chris Klopper of the South African Teachers' Union (SAOU), also indicated they accept the proposal that students should have their Covid-19 jbs in their case, as long as it was safe.
However, Klopper stressed that pupil vaccination should also be voluntary and no one should be coerced into it.
Motona and Klopper also noted that they believed the department will have to make sure high schools are safe before they decide on a full-length return, so as to prevent outbreaks.
Motona said: "We are saying that the rotational timetable system will continue if the Basic Education Department does not provide the infrastructure, for example classrooms to meet social separation standards."
Klopper stated that instructors should also be taken into account before the decision was decided for secondary schools to return to regular schedules.
"We know that the department was considering the complete return of secondary schools. It's no new phenomenon. When we look to the running of schools, we believe that there could be the space necessary to think about something like this, especially since the sports in which we know there is no social distance permitted learners to participate, "Klopper said. Klopper said.
Source : https://www.news24.com/news24/southafrica/news/covid-19-take-vaccines-to-school-children-aged-12-and-older-unions-20210913
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