The Department of Basic Education has confirmed that the vaccination of teachers and school staff will be starting this week.
This follows the arrival of 300 000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses over the weekend.
The Department said a circular has been sent out to provinces outlining the steps that need to be taken before and during the vaccination process.
"The Department of Basic Education urges all teachers and staff to be in school in order to prepare for the vaccination programme starting on Wednesday. Regular attendance to school will contribute to the successful implementation of the vaccination programme targeted at 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.
"We need to work extremely hard and around the clock to vaccinate as many people as possible in our sector. Vaccinating does not mean that we need to stop adhering to the non pharmaceutical health and safety protocols"
Although vaccination is voluntary, the Minister recommends for all teachers and staff to agree to be vaccinated.
“Let us work together on this fight against COVID-19 in our spaces. Everybody is expected to make their own transport arrangements. Where there are challenges, schools will need to assist.” said Motshekga.