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Teacher Vaccinations Finally Kick Off

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Minister Angie Motshekga with Education MECs in Tembisa

It's officially day 1 of the vaccine rollout for the Department of Basic Education. Minister Angie Motshekga is confident that the department will meet its goal. 

The department aims to vaccinate over 500 000 teaching and support staff over the next 2 weeks. 

She said the department has received a lot of support from government to go ahead with the rollout for her sector. 

The department created its 2 week timeline in an attempt to make sure schooling is not disrupted. 

"When we close on the 8th, we want to be done, so that when we come back in the next term, we are done with vaccinations. That's why we are putting ourselves under so much pressure."

She said unions will also be helping the department along the way to make sure everything is going smoothly. 

According to the Minister, teachers will only need to receive one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in order to be vaccinated. 

Over the weekend, 300 000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines were delivered to South Africa to aid the vaccine rollout for the Department. 

Teachers have been urged to register on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS), as there will be no on-site registrations.

Uber has offered to provide 100 000 free rides for teachers heading to vaccination centres. Uber Sub-Saharan Africa General Manager, Frans Hiemstra said the company wanted to play a part in making it easier for teachers to get vaccinated. 

"We believe teachers are the backbone of South Africa and we need to do everything we can to make sure that transport is not a barrier for teachers to get vaccinated, so we obviously have the platform and we want to give something to make it easier for teachers to get vaccinated."

 Hiemstra said the voucher offered will be to the value of R150 for one way and another R150 for a return trip. 

“We suspected R150 should be good, given how well the distribution sites are positioned.”

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