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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. 


With the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, the Gauteng Education department is looking at ways to increase vaccination rate among school pupils in the province. 


As South Africa aims to vaccinate as many people against the Covid-19 vaccine before the anticipated fourth wave of infections, citizens can get their jabs over this coming weekend.


Healthcare workers will begin to receive their second shot of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines as part of the Sisonke Covid-19 vaccination trial.


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.


 Since South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination rollout began, more than 21 million jabs of vaccine have been administered in the country.


A new variant of Covid-19 is currently being tracked by scientists around the world. It is said that it may be 10% more infectious than the delta variant.


 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 third wave of Covid-19 infections were officially declared to have ended during the past few weeks. The recent Covid-19 data supports this as new cases, positivity rate and hospital admission continue to fall.


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.


The Department of Health is expanding its Covid-19 vaccination rollout program to include children between the ages of 12 and 17 years old. 


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.


Last week the Department of Health started issuing digital vaccine certificates for people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

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