Teachers’ vaccinations in KwaZulu-Natal to begin on Wednesday

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A further 21 vaccination sites will be opened this week in Kwazulu-Natal as vaccine rollout for teachers begins.

Sihle Zikalala, Kwazulu-Natal Premier, said vaccination for teachers will commence on 9 June.

Zikalala said there is already a database of the province's teachers who will be vaccinated.

The province will be receiving 110 000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses this week, said Zikalala.

Zikalala said he is concerned about the Covid-19 outbreaks at schools.

“We are also exploring the possibility of opening these vaccination sites over weekends because educators work between Monday to Friday,” said Zikalala.

Two schools in the Mzinyathi and Thulela districts reported 16 and 15 Covid-19 cases respectively in one day, said Zikalala.

Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, Health MEC, said there won't be an age preference for teachers.

“All teachers will be vaccinated. We ask that not all teachers go to vaccination sites all at once,” she said.

Simelane-Zulu said the provincial Department of Education working with the health department has drawn up a plan that outlines how teachers will be vaccinated.

Simelane-Zulu said teachers will be vaccinated in tranches at a vaccination site near their schools.

“We don't want to affect the teaching of children, we need a process where teaching can continue while teachers are being vaccinated,” she said.

Over 360 000 people in KZN have been vaccinated so far.

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