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education blackboard thumb medium80 92EWN reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) won’t be putting teachers under pressure to take the Covid-19 vaccine.  Teachers have been particularly hard hit by Covid-19, with more than 1,600 having been infected in recent months.  

As essential workers, educators will be included in phase two of SA’s vaccine roll-out.  But the DBE’s director-general Mathanzima Mweli said the law didn't allow them to force teachers to be vaccinated.  Mweli added that they would, however, encourage teachers to take the vaccine when it was their turn to get the jabs as this would save many lives.  "For now it will be the best way to manage the spread and deal with the pandemic. All teacher unions were at the forefront saying teachers must be considered as frontline workers, pushing to receive the vaccine first," he commented.  In two weeks, public schools will reopen for the first time under the adjusted level three lockdown restrictions, and as fresh infection numbers continue to rise, the countdown is causing anxiety among teachers.  For many the promised Covid vaccines are a ray of hope in an increasingly bleak situation, but for some teachers, mixed messages around the vaccines are confusing.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mia Lindeque at EWN


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