More than 60% of teachers across the Northern Cape have been vaccinated.
THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education said on Thursday that 9 067 teachers and education staff in the Province have been vaccinated.
Department of Education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said that more than 60% of teachers across the Province had been vaccinated.
Van der Merwe assured staff members who are hesitant to take the vaccine that it is safe to do so.
“It is understood that this is a voluntary programme, but we want to emphasise that it has proven to be safer for all those who have already been vaccinated. There are no reports of any adverse effects from the vaccine. This programme is aimed at safeguarding the lives of educators and support staff at schools and to limit their chances of being fatally affected by Covid-19.”
He said the vaccination programme will also assist in ensuring that learning and teaching continues uninterrupted.
“While our country still finds itself in the middle of the pandemic, this initiative presents a valuable opportunity for the entire education sector to normalise learning and teaching.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the school year and deprived our learners of their right to education. Apart from the current Covid-19 protocols and safety practises, our strongest weapon against this invisible enemy is to get vaccinated.
“The department reminds all educators and support staff at schools that they can still get the vaccination at their nearest vaccination site. This is the only way we will be able to ensure safer homes, safer schools and safer communities.”