By Thys Khiba
Mangaung – The Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela in collaboration with the provincial Department of Education and Health led by MECs, Dr Tate Makgoe and Montsheng Tsiu had a successful 1st day of vaccination roll-out launch for teachers, in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
“Our hope is that all the measures put in place, as well as our behaviour, will help us bring the high infections down. We are still striving for a Covid-19 free province, and I believe we can achieve it, if we all play an active role in realising this dream,” said Ntombela.
Ntombela continued to emphasize the importance of adhering to Covid-19 protocols if Free State community members are to beat the pandemic.
According to the Department of Health preliminary report, more than 48 000 educators and staff were vaccinated on the first day.
And this is excluding the Western Cape and Limpopo provinces, that are expected to start administering the vaccines in earnest on Thursday and Friday respectively.
“While the Western Cape only recorded about 30 people as vaccinated for the purposes of the launch. Limpopo didn’t vaccinate today in line with their plan,” said DBE Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga.
Limpopo is expected to start with their vaccination rollout for teachers, over two weekends starting this Friday and Saturday and will then conclude next week Friday and Saturday.
KwaZulu Natal is leading with the total number of 21 773 teachers and supporting staff who are now vaccinated on the 23 June 2021. And the lowest number vaccinated against Covid-19 pandemic is in the Northern Cape (NC) province.
“NC has decided to send mobile teams to some of their smallest towns to kick-start their campaign. The Department once again urges educators and support staff to adhere to the schedules given by the district offices,” said Mhlanga.
Mhlanga confirmed that a social media message which was circulating in some provinces, on Day 1, claiming the Department of Health was going to run out of vaccines is fake news.
“The Department of Health has enough doses to cover the target population. Additional doses are on the way to South Africa and government will be able to conclude the basic education programme within the 14 day period,” said Mhlanga.
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