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Terry Bell. (Supplied)
Terry Bell. (Supplied)

Vaccination is not mandatory. But the exercise of individual rights also carries responsibilities and consequences - and unvaccinated individuals pose a threat not only to themselves but to others, says Terry Bell. 

Where are the unions as South Africa limps through yet another ill-considered jobs slaughter of a lockdown? Especially as thousands of teachers and educational support staff continue to refuse the Covid-19 vaccine.

It’s a good question to ask, when many — if not most — of the 582 000 education sector workers are members of trade unions. But the simple truth is that the five unions in the sector have done a great deal in trying to educate members about Covid-19, the coronavirus and the vaccine strategy. It has often been an uphill battle.

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