Lesufi hopeful 7% of teachers who refused vaccines can still change minds

This equates to only over 8 000 teachers who have opted to not vaccinate.

Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyazi Lesufi, says because the rollout continues for various teams, he hopes the seven % of teachers who have declined to be vaccinated will change their minds and vaccinate.

“The numbers are still disturbing. We thought once we introduced that teachers could be vaccinated that they might rush to the door to be vaccinated.

“We are standing at seven percent of educators who have completely refused to be vaccinated,” Lesufi advised the media throughout his college visits on Monday as pupils returned to high school for time period three within the province.”

According to the Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona, 125 000 teachers registered within the province, and 93% are vaccinated.

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This equates to only over 8 000 teachers who have opted to not vaccinate.

Lesufi believes that seven % is still a big determine, however he hopes that the joy of different vaccination teams receiving the jab will encourage the seven % to change their thoughts.

He mentioned “It is a huge number, but the excitement that was brought by those that are over (the age of) 35, we thought it will motivate educators to see that everything is fine, now that we have above 18 (who can register for vaccination on 1 September, according to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday) … hopefully, the seven percent will change their mind and vaccinate.”

News24 beforehand reported that just about 10 000 teachers and assist workers within the Gauteng Department of Basic Education sector had refused to take the Covid-19 vaccine.

The division had mentioned that 9 113 workers some with comorbidities had refused to take the jab.

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Lesufi, who was talking outdoors the Laerskool Kommando in Brakpan, Gauteng, added that they’re still auditing who was vaccinated among the many 4 000 teachers who beforehand utilized to remain house because of underlying illnesses.

“We still should audit who has been vaccinated of that complete, these which are vaccinated, they have to come again, these that aren’t of the 4 000 [group], should test their well being standing and along with their medical doctors decide whether or not they should come again or not.

“We cannot say learners must come back and have 4 000 teachers still staying at home. It is not going to balance. We will find a way of determining those figures,” he mentioned.

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