- Vaccinations are being administered to eligible pupils at schools in Mpumalanga.
- Only those older than 18 will be eligible for vaccinations.
- The vaccinations could prevent disruptions to the National Senior Certificate exams.
The Mpumalanga education department has launched a campaign to encourage pupils who are 18 and older to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
While pupils are encouraged to register beforehand, they will be helped if they have not done so, Education MEC Bonakele Majuba said.
"All learners 18 years and above will be vaccinated in their respective schools to ensure that teaching and learning are not disrupted," Majuba said.
Vaccination sites have been set up at schools in the province in partnership with the health department to facilitate the vaccination drive, which is scheduled to end on Friday. The province's high schools have been divided into sectors, Majuba said, with each sector having between two and four sites.
While visiting one of the sites at Lethabong Secondary School in Thembisile Hani Local Municipality on Monday, Majuba said he was encouraged by pupils' willingness "to protect themselves and those around them" through vaccination.
"I am impressed by the interest that is displayed by learners here and hope that it is duplicated throughout the province. We wish to encourage all deserving learners to take advantage of this vaccination process to protect themselves, their families and communities," Majuba added.
"In so doing, the country might soon go back to its normal ways of doing things which were impeded by the Covid-19 pandemic."
The national vaccination rollout programme opened to those aged 18 to 34 on 20 August.
Many of those who fall into this category are in matric, and early vaccination could prevent disruptions to the National Senior Certificate exams.
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