Teachers who missed vaccination appointment can still get their shot
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Teachers who were unable to get their Covid-19 vaccination shot due to disruptions will still be able to receive assistance at vaccination sites.
The vaccination programme for the education sector came to end on Wednesday, this is after the deadline was extended from July 8.
Department of Basic Education (DBE) Minister Angie Motshekga said: “Even though the programme has concluded in the sector, those who could not make it to the vaccination sites for various reasons are still going to get help.”
According to the DBE, more than 500 000 educators and staff have now been vaccinated in the sector since the rollout began on June 23. The department’s initial target was for 582 000 people to be vaccinated in the sector.
“I am encouraged with the work done. I thank all officials from the Department of Health. They were very helpful. I think we have done very well. To be told that we have vaccinated more than 80% of our personnel in the sector, that is good news indeed. We did not expect 100% because of the hesitancy and other factors, but the numbers are high, and we are pleased with the achievement,” she said.
Motshekga said her department was aware that some education personnel live in areas affected by the unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. Those education personnel are advised to defer their vaccination.
“The Electronic Vaccine Data System (EVDS) will automatically reschedule appointments for those unable to attend. It is programmed to reschedule up to two missed appointments,” said Motshekga.
Meanwhile, the DBE is still mulling over what action should be taken against education workers who refuse to get vaccinated.
Close to 10 000 teachers in Gauteng had refused to get vaccinated.
DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said the DBE was still tabling the issue of what would happen to those who have refused the vaccination as no one would be able to work from home or list comorbidities as a reason not to report for duty.
“The matter is still being discussed in the sector. There is no decision as yet on what steps will be taken,” he said.