Minister Wants Parents To Encourage Vaccination Among Children

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The Covid-19 pandemic impacted upon many aspects of our lives, including the way children and teachers interact at schools.


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The Covid-19 pandemic impacted upon many aspects of our lives, including the way children and teachers interact at schools.

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, praised the role of vaccination and compliance with Covid-19 protocols in providing the department with some sort of stability during the school year.

The Minister was briefing the country on the state of readiness of schools to commence with the 2022 academic year where she said, “we wish to applaud all our schools for doing for doing all they could to ensure that the protocols are observed and we expect the same also this year to make sure that we keep tied to the protocols and limit any disruptions that will come because of schools closing and opening because of infections in schools’.

Learners who attend schools in inland provinces will be returning to class today. Due to the crowded nature of classrooms, questions have been asked about the vaccination of children at schools.

Motshekga informed the public that the vaccination rollout is the responsibility of the Department of Health (DOH). She explained that the DOH does not yet have the capacity to roll out vaccinations at schools and children will therefore have to get jabbed at existing vacation sites.

The Minister added that the department wants to work with parents to encourage Covid-19 vaccination among children.

She said, “we'll seek at all costs to make sure that we work with them [parents] we get their permission but the vaccination programs are run by the department of health not ourselves so if 12 year olds go and present themselves at the health facility for vaccination it's completely out of our control. But our preference will [be] that parents will work with us to motivate and support learners and their children to vaccinate”.

In the last recorded 24 hour cycle, more than 86 000 Covid-19 vaccinations were administered in South Africa.The total number of vaccinations administered is now 28 417 574 in the country.

More than 21 000 individuals who were vaccinated on Monday were between the ages of 12 and 17-years old. This takes the total number of Covid-19 vaccines administered to minors in the country to 1 029 045.

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