The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga will, today 23 June 2021, join Gauteng’s Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi at the Rabasotho Community Hall in Tembisa to mark the start of the vaccination programme in the basic education sector at 07:30.

The Department of Education (DBE) is targeting 582,000 people to be vaccinated in the next two weeks. The Department hopes that this will be an opportunity to normalise schooling and intensify the process of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on schooling.

All school staff members including SGB appointees will be eligible to receive vaccination jabs. Administrative and support staff, drivers and cleaners appointed by the Department will also qualify to get vaccinated.

DBE together with the Department of Health will facilitate the registration of vaccine recipients. Therefore, staff in the Education Sector need not register on the COVID-19 Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). Each district will be allocated a number of vaccination sites. They will be 46 vaccination sites in Gauteng Province.

The vaccination roll out in schools will commence today and run until Thursday 8 July 2021 (a day before schools mark the end of the second term). South African IDs and Medical Aid cards will be required at vaccination sites for identification and verification.

Over the weekend Minister Motshekga said “Vaccination is voluntary. No one will be forced to do it. However, teachers with comorbidities are requested to vaccinate in order to be protected. “

At the time of publishing a total of 2,229,242 vaccines have been administered in South Africa.

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