The Gauteng department of education (GDE), together with Discovery, launched a new vaccination site in Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg on Wednesday.
The new site is established as part of efforts to get educators across the country vaccinated.
In an effort to improve the vaccination of educators, the Gauteng Department of Education has partnered with Discovery to launch a new site, we hope to vaccinate more of our teachers, said GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona.
Mabona said they those scheduled to come to the Midrand vaccination site are urged to do so in order to fast track the process.
“Today, the end of June is the end of term 2 and we want to make sure that by the beginning of the new term we are done with this process,” said the provincial spokesperson.
The department of basic education launched its vaccine rollout drive last week, aiming to vaccinate over 500 000 teachers and non-teaching staff across the country.
The drive started a few days before President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the compulsory closing of schools in South Africa as the country faces increasing infections of the deadly Covid-19 delta variant.
According to the World Health Organization, the Delta variant – which originates from India – has been identified as the superior variant. This is because it spreads more rapidly and is reported to be much deadlier.
Ramaphosa on Sunday also announced that to deal with the spread of the virus, the country will have to be moved to alert level 4.
However, it is not all bad. On Monday, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced that over 200 000 educators have been vaccinated across all 9 provinces.
The minister said the vaccination of all teachers and non-teaching staff is set to end on 9 July.
Gauteng has over 60 sites where teachers and staff can get their Covid-19 jab.
Head of Gauteng Education Department Edward Mosuwe said they are excited that today they started a new vaccination site.
“We will vaccinate over 4000 teachers and non-teaching staff today and another 4000 tomorrow. On Friday, we will vaccinate another 4000 [at the new site alone],” said Mosuwe.
Adding that all teachers need to take advantage of this opportunity as this is an opportunity of them to be safe.
Anna Matsheni, a teacher who got their vaccine jab today at the new site today, said the morning started off really slow but everything was going according to plan.
“I got vaccinated today. I am not feeling some of the side effects people said I would get which include being dizzy. I am okay,” said Matsheni.
Arina Ace, another teacher who was vaccinated at the same site, said she was very afraid when she came for her vaccination.
“I am very impressed with how well organized the whole process was, I came here to vaccinate because I want to be part of the solution to the pandemic,” said Ace.
DBE Minister Motshekga is currently on a nation-wide vaccine drive campaign. On Monday she was in the Free State where she announced the updated date for shutting down schools. Motshekga visited the Northern Cape on Tuesday and her next stop wil be at the Eastern Cape.