The Eastern Cape Education Department plans to vaccinate at least 72 000 educators as part of its vaccine rollout as the infection rate continues to rise in the province.

By Thursday, 123 schools in the province recorded coronavirus infections. 272 cases were reported in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro which is considered a hotspot.

Education MEC Fundile Gade and his HOD, Naledi Mbude, were vaccinated on Friday morning in the lead-up to the rollout of vaccinations for teachers.

Gade says they have pulled out all the stops to ensure a smooth process.

“As per the plan, we are going to target the year above workforce for starters so that we can cover the 40 years and above.”

The video below is reporting on the Eastern Cape Education Department’s plans to vaccinate at least 72 000 educators: 

Meanwhile, the Health Department says a total of 479 768 people, mainly healthcare workers, have now been fully vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson vaccine under the Sisonke Programme.

Gauteng accounts for the most fully vaccinated people at just short of 127 000. Almost 90 000 people received a vaccination – either the two dose Pfizer or the single dose J&J vaccine – in the last reporting period.

Earlier, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said another 10 510 people had tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest testing period – with the case positivity rate still sitting at around 20%.

This is four times the 5% positivity rate – where the spread of the virus is considered to be under control.

Gauteng continues to be the worst affected.

Another 118 people have died from COVID-19 nationwide bringing the total number of deaths to over 58 000.

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