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As South Africa braces for the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections, could schools open later than originally planned for?
Gauteng has entered the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections. Driven by a new variant and increasing number of infections among children under the age of five has authorities concerned.
Despite the low number of infections, Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has called on South Africans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 before the fourth wave of infections starts.
Less than a month ago the South African department of health opened up their Covid-19 vaccination rollout to include children aged 17 years old and below.
South Africa is slowly approaching the 3 million mark of cumulative confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country.
This week children between the ages of 12 and 17 became eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. The majority of this age group are school learners. This has raised the question about administering vaccinations at schools.
As South Africa prepares to embrace the new normal and the availability of Covid-19 vaccines, making the jab mandatory has become a topic of contention.
The Minister of Health says the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on COVID-19 Vaccines has recommended that individuals who have compromised immunity get a booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Last week it was announced that children between the ages of 12-17 will be part of South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout. However, one announcement made by the coronavirus command council has raised eyebrows among parents.
More than 10 million people have already downloaded their Covid-19 digital vaccines certificates since it was made available for download last week.
Last week the Department of Health started distributing Digital Vaccination certificates. However, not everybody has been able to access their Covid-19 vaccination certificates.
The South African government have set a target of vaccinating 70% of the countries adult population by the beginning of December 2021. This target was set to minimise the impact of the 4th wave of Covid-19 infections.
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