Teachers Next In Line For Vaccine

Teacher unions have been in talks with the Department of Basic Education to secure vaccines for teachers and school supporting staff. 

Secretary General of the National Teachers Union (NATU), Cynthia Barnes said teachers are still waiting to be vaccinated.

"We are still waiting because we understood that our members/the teachers were supposed to be vaccinated from the ninth. Therefore we are just going to be patient enough and will wait for them [the Department of Basic Education] to bring the legit ones [vaccines] for the teachers as well as the people that are working at schools"

Barnes said the union and department of Basic Education both agreed to vaccinate cleaners in the process in order to avoid leaving them out as essential workers of the schooling system. 

Teachers and supporting staff are expected to receive the Johnson&Johnson vaccine, which has not yet been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Malukeke said although the department has planned the rollout, the final decision is dependedent on the FDA approving the vaccine. 

This has caused delays in the administration of the vaccines, leaving many teachers still waiting in line to be vaccinated. 

SADTU General Secretary, Mugwena Malukeke said the department will communicate with teachers should the plan to roll out the vaccine change.

"When the department of health and the department of education agree for a roll out, it was going to be at the level of the schools and the district. Teachers were going to be informed on the date which they were going to be vaccinated and therefore an advocacy programme is being embarked upon by ourselves. We've already informed all our 260 000 members"

While SADTU waits on the approval of the vaccine, it has committed itself to addressing the concerns of teachers and answering any questions they have about the administration of the vaccine. 


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