Vaccine rollout for journalists to start soon, Sanef calls for calm

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  • The SA National Editors' Forum has called for calm as the registration process for members of the media for Covid-19 vaccinations nears completion.
  • It says journalists whose details were already sent via their employees were not required to complete any online forms on the Covid-19 vaccine registration system.
  • The organisation encouraged journalists between the ages of 35 and 60 to register on the system and get vaccinated.

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says the information-gathering process for the vaccination of members of the media against Covid-19 will be completed on Friday.

This cleared up confusion that was created when an online link, allowing journalists to register, was circulated.

However, according to Sanef, media houses were recently asked to complete a registration form for employees and email it to the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), which was tasked with collecting the forms on behalf of the health department.

"On Friday, 9 July 2021, Sanef invited the media sector from the mainstream, community, online/digital, broadcasting, print and freelance journalists to complete [the] form and submit their media staff details."

"It was stated that those who were younger than 35 would be considered in the media vaccination programme."

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"GCIS has put in place an online form [which mirrors and captures the same information] that can also be used for registration for those in the media sector, such as freelance journalists who have not registered."

However, journalists whose details were already sent via their employees were not required to complete the online form.

"This will create duplications. Freelance journalists who completed the form and sent it via email should not resubmit via the online link."

The organisation encouraged journalists between the ages of 35 and 60 to register on the Electronic Vaccination Data System and get vaccinated because they do not have to wait for media registrations to open.

"We also call for calm and patience as the process to register the media sector is almost complete, and vaccination will be done as soon as possible," it added.

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