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Early Childhood Sector Not Included In Vaccine Rollout

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Teachers and staff in the education sector will soon receive their first vaccine jabs, but the Early Childhood Development sector has been left out. 

Early Education expert, Ruby Motaung is not impressed with the fact that the sector has been left out by the Department of Social Development. 

According to Motaung, the sector has been left out in various ways, as ECD staff workers have still not received their stimulus package from government.

To make matters worse, only 42 000 people will qualify to be vaccinated, with many of them falling under the Basic Education sector. 

This leaves over 100 000 staff workers in the ECD sector who will be left out, causing more tension in the education sector. 

Motaung is calling for Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, to act urgently and vaccinate the ECD sector. 

"We have 138 000 [ECD staff] who are taking care of 2.3 million children, can we please put the children in the centre in terms of knowing how important it is for the ECD sector to be given what is rightfully owed to them. Just vaccinate them so that they can be ready to be responsible for the children that they're taking care of. It is their right to be vaccinated."

Over the weekend, Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga announced that the vaccine rollout for the Basic Education sector will be starting on Wednesday.

The department had received 300 000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses over the weekend to kickstart the rollout in the sector.

The Minister said the department aims to vaccinate 582 000 people in the next two weeks.

The Minister said teachers and staff will need to follow a strict registration process using the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). 

“On-site data capturing will be required for individual’s cell numbers; and medical aid details. There will be no on-site registrations, meaning that people not bulk uploaded in the EVDS, cannot be registered on-site; and therefore, cannot be vaccinated. Should this happen to you, the on-site officials will help you on the steps to be followed for assistance,” Motshekga explained.

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