Sadtu calls for more jab sites as 21 000 KZN teachers inoculated

Sadtu calls for more jab sites as 21 000 KZN teachers inoculated

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) has warned that the number of centres opened to vaccinate teachers in KwaZulu-Natal is not enough.

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Spokesperson Normarashiya Caluza was at the provincial launch of the programme in KwaMashu on Wednesday. 

She said they have asked authorities to look at increasing the number of sites. 

"We can't have a situation like Amajuba District where there are only two sites or centres - one is in Newcastle, the other is at Madadeni. What about teachers and workers who are residing in Utrecht and Dannhauser? How will they be getting to Newcastle or Madadeni? Remember not all workers have their own transport."

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MEC Kwazi Mshengu says they have put contingency plans in place.

"We are going to work within the 70 that have been identified in the province and to mitigate against the distances that other school teachers have to travel. We have even given the concession to some of the schools to say you can close for the day so that teachers can travel to vaccination centres and get vaccinated." 

The Education Department says it's encouraged by the thousands of teachers who came forward to take the Covid-19 vaccine. 

The department's Muzi Mahlambi says some sites experienced minor challenges, but the process overall ran smoothly. 

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A total of 21 773 teachers and support got their shots on day one.

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