Minister Angie Motshekga has encouraged educators to get vaccinated, but has not provided a plan for them to do so amid the country’s current rollout plan.
Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga took to Twitter on Tuesday, 1 June 2021, to encourage educators to get vaccinated. The post came soon after the minister received her COVID-19 vaccine. Motshekga is 65 years old and is part of those targeted by the second phase of the Sisonke Vaccination Programme.
However, considering that most educators have not passed the retirement age yet and are not considered frontline or healthcare workers, they, and related staffers, cannot register to get the vaccine until the third phase of the rollout programme has been implemented. Moreover, the Department of Basic Education has not made formal provisions for educators to skip to the front of the line to receive their vaccines.
The matter is one of urgency, considering that primary school educators are set to commence with normal schooling at the beginning of the third term on Monday, 26 July 2021. When schools open, the vaccination rollout plan will only be in its first weeks of phase three, if all goes according to the schedule.
See the post below.
— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) June 1, 2021