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Vaccination roll out for teachers have started and some are happy to receive the jab

Teachers in South Africa have finally found a chance for themselves to get vaccinated.

Since the start of the covid19 last year, the department has lost a number of teachers and this is a step forward in ensuring that teachers are safe in schools.

However, there are many reactions when it comes to this issue of vaccinating. Some have indicated that they will not be getting vaccinated. In South Africa, no one is forced to take the vaccine against their will. In Gauteng province we saw the MEC of education Panyaza Lesufi being amongs those who got the Johnson&Johnson single jab vaccine. As there is hesitancy amongs teacher, the MEC was just leading by example to show that it is safe to vaccine. There has been many myth around these vaccine specifically because they were developed with urgency. It took scientists less than a year to be able to develop the vaccines and also ensures that they are safe.

In the Western Cape, the MEC of education said that she will not be getting vaccinated this time as the priority is for the teachers. She said that she will wait for her age group to be able to get vaccinated.

The department has set out a very strict schedule as they have to ensure that they finish the roll out of the vaccine in just 10 days. There is about 582 000 teachers and staff that need to be vaccinated during this time.

The department has received the 300 000 Johnson&Johnson vaccine that is preserved for the teachers. It is believed that more vaccine will arrive in the country by month end of June.

The department has indicated there is no plans to close the schools currently, even though there are calls for schools to close as the number of cases continue to rise at an exponential rate. The unions are also in support of the department to keep the school open until they close on the 9 July.

Panyaza Lesufi has indicated that the schools were interrupted dearly during the lockdown last year. He also said that it could take the department close to five years to be able to recover. No more disruptions are needed.

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