Teachers should be a priority during roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa), which has urged they be fast-tracked.
According to the union’s director Basil Manuel, many other unions shared their sentiment, and they are scheduled to meet with the education department to discuss the matter.
One of the reasons behind their proposal, Manuel said, was to ensure teachers could work and so save the 2021 academic year.
Naptosa said, however, that it did not want teachers to get the vaccine ahead of healthcare workers.
“It is ethical and fair that health medical workers should be first” although it also supported the vaccination of teachers.
The South African Democratic Teachers Union said their union was worried about the rising number of Covid-19 infections and, should they not drop within the next 14 days not all grades could be accommodated at the same time when schools reopen.
“Teachers should be prioritised in the vaccine roll-out,” said Maluleke.
Meanwhile the education department will not be putting teachers under pressure to get the vaccine.