KZN unions welcome priority jabs for teachers

KZN unions welcome priority jabs for teachers

Teacher unions in KwaZulu-Natal have welcomed the announcement that educators will be prioritised for the coronavirus jab.

St Augustine's Hospital vaccination site vaccine
Nushera Soodyal

Premier Sihle Zikalala on Sunday confirmed the province would start vaccinating educators on Wednesday.

Unions had been calling on authorities to bring teachers to the front of the queue of the Phase 2 vaccine rollout before primary school pupils go back to school on a full-time basis.

READ: Some KZN health workers 'unwilling' to take Covid-19 jab

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) KZN's Nomarashiya Caluza said: "We welcome this call, we also encourage our members to get vaccinated because it's very clear that there is a third wave that is coming.

"It is important that we respond positively to the call to get vaccinated. We are so excited because we engaged and we appreciate the Department of Education for ensuring it takes this call." 

The National Professional Teachers’ Association of South Africa (Naptosa) says it's happy its plea didn't land on deaf ears and has thanked both the education and health departments.

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