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More than 16 000 education staff to receive vaccinations

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A total of 16 100 staff members in the Northern Cape Department of Education – which includes educators, administrative and support staff – will receive the Covid-19 vaccination in the next 14-days.

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A TOTAL of 16 100 staff members in the Northern Cape Department of Education – which includes educators, administrative and support staff – will receive the Covid-19 vaccination in the next 14 days.

This was announced during a joint media briefing between the provincial Department of Health and the Department of Education.

Northern Cape MEC of Education, Zolile Monakali said the vaccination process will start on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

“The vaccination roll-out will start on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, and will continue until Thursday, July 8, 2021, a day before schools close to mark the end of the second term. All PERSAL staff employed at all public schools, irrespective of their age, school Governing Body(SGB) appointed teachers, and those teachers employed by independent schools registered in terms of the South African Schools Act will also qualify for the vaccine,” said Monakali.

He said a strict vaccination registration process will be followed.

“If you are a PERSAL staff member, your details have already been captured onto the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). The list for SGB appointees and independent school educators will be uploaded onto the EVDS. On-site data capturing will be required for individuals. There will be no on-site registrations, that means that a person cannot be registered on-site and therefore, cannot be vaccinated. Should this happen to any of our staff members, the on-site officials will help you on the steps to be followed for assistance. The departments of health and the education at provincial and district levels will work together to link schools to be identified as vaccination sites. Where the EVDS is offline due to power outages, the verification of basic education staff will require a list or letters signed-off by their respective principals,” he said.

Monkali said 29 vaccination sites had been identified.

“In the Frances Baard District in the Sol Plaatjie municipal area, the vaccination site will be at Newton Primary School and in the Phokwane municipal area, Hartswater Primary School Library, Kgomotso High School Hall and the Vaalharts High School had been identified as vaccination sites. In the Magareng municipal area, Warrenton Primary School will be the vaccination site and in the Dikgatlong municipality area, Vaalrivier High School, Delportshoop Combined School and Reakantswe High School will be vaccination sites. In the ZF Mgcawu district both the Dr Harry Surtie Hospital and Mediclinic Upington had been identified as vaccination sites. Postmasburg Hospital, Groblershoop Community Health Centre (CHC), Kakamas Hospital and Askam Community Health Centre (CHC) are also vaccination sites. In Pixley Ka Seme district, the De Aar Hospital, Prieska Primary School, Douglas CHC,Victoria Wes CHC and Colesburg Hopsital had been identified as vaccination sites. In the John Taolo Gaetsewe district the Tshwaragano Hospital, Pako Seboko CHC, Bendel CHC, Dithakong CHC and Laxey CHC are the vaccination sites. In Namakwa district, the Poffaddder CHC, Port Nolloth CHC, Joe Slovo CHC, Matjieskloof CHC and Calvinia High school had been identified as vaccination sites,” he said.

Monakali advised all registered staff members to take their identity documents and medical-aid information along where applicable and required.