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More than 48 000 people vaccinated on the first day of the basic education vaccination programme

NALEDI SHOTA| 

On the first day of the basic education vaccination programme, the department said more than 48 000 teachers and education departments staff were vaccinated. 

On Wednesday the sector began its two-week vaccination programme which is expected to end on July 8.

In a statement on Wednesday evening, the department said the Western Cape and Limpopo will start their vaccination programme on Thursday and Friday respectively. 

“All other provinces started rolling out today with KZN vaccinating the largest number and the lowest number vaccinated in NC. NC has decided to send mobile teams to some of their smallest towns to kickstart the campaign,” reads the statement. 

The KwaZulu-Natal department of education said it vaccinated 21 773 teachers and support staff on the first day. 

DBE also rubbished what it called fake news that circulated on social media that the Department of Health is going to run out of vaccines.

“This led to a rush on some vaccine sites particularly in Eastern Cape, North West and Free State,” reads the statement. 

The department said there were enough doses for the targeted population. Those who will be vaccinated in this programme will receive the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Saturday that the sector was looking at vaccinating about 582 000 people including private school teachers, teacher union leaders and all staff at provincial departments of education as well as the national department. 

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