North West Education department extends Covid-19 vaccine programme following low turnout

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North West Department of Education has decided to extend Covid-19 vaccination programme following a lower turnout than expected.

Education MEC in the Province Matsemela said the department had to get in consultation with the provincial Department of Health have an extension seeing that they only received a 71% turnout by close of extension on Wednesday, 14 July.

That is out of the 43 200 personnel that were expected, only 30 677 received the vaccine.

MEC Matsemela made an earnest appeal to the education staff to familarize themselves with the Covid-19 vaccinate and it’s benefits.

“Once again I make an appeal to the North West education community to familiarise themselves with the Covid-19 vaccine so as to make better informed decisions regarding their well-being. We have extended our vaccine roll out to accomodate the remaining staff.”

“As a department we are pleased that the closing date for the vaccination has been extended and the manual capturing will be done on site in order to allow everyone from the sector to be vaccinated. I am calling all educators and the support staff to take this opportunity of the extension and vaccinate. This initiative will help to strengthen the fight against the monstrous Covid-19,” said MEC Matsemela.

About 12 677 education personnel are expected to come for vaccination.

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