The Department of Basic Education has urged teachers and other school-support staff, who qualify for their Covid-19 injection, to get their vaccination this week.

This after the DBE announced the extension of the sector’s vaccination programme until 14 July this week.

Media relations-officer at the DBE, Terence Khala.

Khala says the DBE hopes to vaccinate the majority of the country’s more than 700-thousand teachers and other staff by the end of this week.

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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has urged teachers to get themselves vaccinated.

With the vaccination of teachers coming to an end this week, teachers and other school-support staff have been urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The DBE spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga says more than 333-thousand teachers and school-support staff have already been vaccinated with their one-dose Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.

Mhlanga says the aim is to vaccinate more than 582-thousand employees in the sector, by the end of the vaccination-drive.

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The Western Cape Education Department says the first 50 of Western Cape teachers received their Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 injection yesterday.

MEC for Education Debbie Schafer says the vaccination program will be further expanded, over the next few days, to reach as many teachers and school staff as possible.

She says teachers in rural areas will receive their injection from Friday.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country’s teachers could expect to receive their Covid-19 vaccination over the next few weeks.

He says millions more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are expected to reach the country soon.

Ramaphosa says the local production of vaccines – at the Aspen Pharmacare facility in the Eastern Cape – would now be ramped up.

He says the 2-million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine – which had to be destroyed due to contamination – will also be replaced by the company.

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Premier Alan Winde says the Western Cape wants to start vaccinating its teachers as soon as possible.

Winde says the province hopes to receive a large consignment of Covid-19 vaccines, which will be administered to the province’s educators.

He says it is very important that teachers, who interact with children from various communities on a daily basis, get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect them from severe disease.

Winde says teachers will, mostly, be vaccinated with the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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