The Education MEC in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer, encouraged eligible Grade 12 learners in the province to get vaccinated ahead of their National Senior Certificate examinations at the end of the year. The MEC said the department of education has seen positive responses from young adult matric learners and hopes their classmates follow suit.

 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.”

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