SCHAFER ENCOURAGES VACCINATION
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said it has made it easier for eligible matric learners who wish to be vaccinated to get the jab quickly and efficiently through cooperation with the provincial department of health.
“Schools are to submit names and consent to the district, which will then arrange a timeslot for learners, accompanied by a school representative (teacher or staff member) at a vaccination site,” said Schäfer. The MEC added that transport is also provided by the district from schools to the vaccination sites.
“I decided to take the vaccine because I know I stand a better chance at surviving should I get the virus,” said Tiffany April, from Ravensmead Senior Secondary School in Cape Town, one of the learners that have already been vaccinated.
“Getting the vaccine is the best solution to ensure that you are protected from the virus. I am scared that I might be infected by COVID-19 and miss some of my final exam papers,” said Yonda Mzamo, a Grade 12 learner at Fairdale High School. “Getting the vaccine is the best option for me right now.”
Schäfer said there are less than seven weeks left before matric final exams kick-off and encouraged all eligible learners in the Western Cape to register for a COVID-19 vaccine.“Time is critical if they are to give themselves the best chance at being healthy during this period.”