Motshekga: Health Dept says there’s enough jabs for all education staff

The minister on Tuesday gave an update on the sector’s response to COVID-19 under the stipulated alert level 4 of the lockdown.

Teachers wait to get their COVID-19 vaccine shot at the Pinelands Emergency Services site on 23 June 2021. Picture: Kaylynn Palm/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the sector had received assurances from the health department that all vaccines needed to inoculate teachers and support staff were available in the country.

Motshekga on Tuesday gave an update on her sector’s response to COVID-19 under the stipulated alert level 4 of the lockdown.

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All public and private schools have been directed to close for the winter holidays from Wednesday.

Motshekga said the vaccination of 500,000 teachers and support staff would continue across the country until 8 July.

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Motshekga said her department would use the days after the closure of all schools in the country to ramp up the sectors vaccination programme.

“I hope the Thursday and Friday when learners are not at schools will even help us to ramp even faster.”

With nearly 200,000 people in the sector being vaccinated so far, Motshekga encouraged those still reluctant to get the jab.

“The MEC has been vaccinated, I have had my jab. So, there is no crisis.”

Schools across the country are expected to close by Friday and will reopen on 19 July.

'WE DON'T WANT TO RUN VACCINATIONS AFTER JULY'

With the winter school break brought forward due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, Motshekga said the sector would use the break to vaccinate as many teachers and support staff as possible.

Motshekga has called on the sector to use the early winter school break to maximise on government's vaccination program.

“To vaccinate as many people as possible now that the minister of health has assured us that all the vaccines are available in the country.”

Motshekga said she expected all in the sector to have been vaccinated when schools reopen next month.

“We don’t want to run vaccination programmes after July.”

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