Department of Health holds off on COVID-19 vaccinations at schools

20 October 2021, 9:27 PM
The National Department of Health says it will not roll out COVID-19 vaccinations at schools, for now, to avoid disruption to critical schooling.
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Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says he is concerned about the readiness of some KwaZulu-Natal hospitals to rollout the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes after Nzimande, who is part of the Ministerial Vaccination Committee, visited Edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg.

Gauteng Right2Know slams Health Department’s vaccine rollout glitches 22 February 2021, 2:30 PM

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