Journalists can now get their Covid-19 vaccine. This is thanks to a partnership between The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) and the Department of Health.
The Health ministry announced that journalists could be vaccinated starting on Friday. Unlike the criteria for the current national vaccine rollout, the vaccination programme for the media sector is for journalists in all age groups.
This includes journalists under the age of 35 who are currently not eligible yet to be vaccinated under the national vaccine rollout.
“Journalists above 34 - 60 years of age are still urged to get vaccinated and self-register on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) due to their eligibility (sic),” GCIS and SANEF said in a joint statement.
In an attempt to get the vaccinations moving along, government started a bulk of registrations for journalists. This has now come to an end, and more communication will be sent out to all of those who registered.
Government has thanked the media sector for cooperating with the vaccination programme. Registered journalists and media houses will be receiving text messages soon from government.
“Provinces such as KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo are already taking advantage of the role the media plays in society by vaccinating journalists, and ensuring that they help encourage young and old in the country to voluntarily participate in the national vaccination project.
“This is also helping dispel misinformation and myths about the efficacy of vaccines. The partnership between SANEF, GCIS and the Health Department has proven that a lot can be achieved through cooperation.” the statement reads.