The Department of Basic Education has urged educators and staff in the basic education sector to go to the vaccination sites to get their Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the vaccination programme in the basic education continues even after schools went on early recess on Friday following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the country would move to level 4 of the Covid-19 risk adjusted strategy.
“More than 333 000 teachers and support staff have since been vaccinated since the campaign started on 23 June 2021,” says Mhlanga.
He says Phase 1 targeted 300 000 to be vaccinated within the first 10 days of the programme.
“By 1 July 2021 over 100% (300,0520 of the phase 1 target had been met across the nine provinces,” says Mhlanga.
The basic education sector has received an additional 289 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
“These additional doses enable the sector to reach its overall target of vaccinating 582 564 educators and non-teaching staff,”
Mhlanga says the basic education sector will continue to administer the remaining doses of the vaccines to the remaining 282 512 staff.
“The department urges all educators and staff to follow the schedules in each district in order to ensure a smooth roll-out of the programme,” adds Mhlanga.