South Africa to vaccinate teachers ahead of July resumption
London, June 1, 2021 (AltAfrica)-South African teachers will be given covid-19 vaccine ahead of school resumption in bid to protect them and their students
EWN reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is getting ready for teachers to get vaccinated ahead of the return to daily attendance for primary school pupils.
From 26 July, pupils from grade R to 7 including those from schools for children with special needs will be returning to class under the traditional timetable.
With an imminent third wave of COVID-19 infections, teacher unions are calling for their members to be recognised as a priority group so they can be vaccinated ahead of the return of pupils to normal schooling.
DBE said it was in talks with the Department of Health regarding the vaccination of teachers ahead of the return of pupils.
At the same time, union Naptosa’s Basil Manual said teachers – regardless of their age – could not afford not to get the jab.
As the country continues with its second phase of the national vaccination program, which focuses on citizens over the age of 60, rising cases of covid virus has continued unabated
On Monday, South Africa recorded 2 792 new coronavirus infections taking the total number to 1, 665 617.
The country has also recorded 67 new COVID-19 related fatalities to bring the total number of deaths to 56 506.
Recoveries now stand at 1 559 337, representing a recovery rate of 93,6%.
The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 11 631 239.