South Africa is battling the third wave of the coronavirus which has by far claimed over 60 000 lives.
Strict precautionary measures have been implemented, with the covid-19 vaccine rollout being the most crucial.
The government is concerned over the public's response to the vaccine as statistics indicate a drop in willingness to participate.
The past few weeks were for elderly people, and over the period numbers of participants decreased.
Deputy Director General of the National Health Department Doctor Nicholas Crisp encouraged community leaders to play an active role in encouraging members of communities to register and take the vaccine.
Similar to the Health Department striving towards a higher vaccination drive, the Department of Education is concerned over the reluctance of some educators who refuse to partake in the initiative.
Basic education intended to have 500 000 staff vaccinated by the beginning of the third term on the 8th July 2021, so far over 330 000 have been vaccinated nationally.
However, Gauteng Education Department Spokesperson Steve Mabona indicated that approximately 9 000 educators and support staff refuse to be vaccinated.
He further highlighted the risks of education sector personnel refusing the vaccine, with the greatest concern being that there might be difficulty containing the spread if safety measures are rejected.
According to Mabona, the Department anticipated a much positive response to the vaccine.
SADTU General Secretary Mugwena Maluleke is among people who believe the decline is a result of fake news about vaccines.
Furthermore, he brought to the nation’s attention that people who exercise their right to refuse vaccination should familiarize themselves with obligations thereof.
There are allegations that vaccines are harmful, with the most drastic side effect being death. While it has not been proved, there is still greater concern over vaccines as they have been rolling out on a “trial-and-error” basis.
There have been different vaccines introduced to South Africa, of which some are discontinued due to various reasons.
Irrespective of the challenges that have come with the vaccination process, the government is still adamant that vaccines are very essential in reducing the spread of the virus.
As the vaccination rollout has become broader and extended to other categories like security guards and frontline workers, everyone must know when to register and receive the vaccine.