The Free State has announced that it has managed to vaccinate 50% of its target of 32 000 educators and support staff at all the 29 centres across the province.

The province will complete the roll-out by Friday and next week will do the mop-up operations.

Basic Education  Minister Angie Motshekga was joined by Free State Education MEC Tate Makgoe and Health MEC Montseng Tsiu to monitor the vaccination roll-out in Botshabelo.

Teachers who have been vaccinated at Seemahale Secondary school in Botshabelo have expressed their gratitude.

“We were living in fear but I think because after this our lives are going to go back to normal again,” said one teacher.

Another teacher said: “I am feeling so excited because I have been vaccinated, I’m still alive others did not get the chance that I got.”

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People over 50 to register for COVID-19 vaccines from July

People between the ages of 50 and 59 will be able to register from July 1 to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations and will be able to receive their vaccine from July 15.

The vaccination of people over the age of 60 who have not yet received their shots will continue.

The announcement was made by Acting Health Minister Mammoloko Kubayi-Ngubane during a virtual update on the vaccination rollout.

“I’m pleased to also announce that from the 1st of July 2021 we will open registration for all citizens which are between the ages of 50 years and above and we will also schedule those vaccinations to begin on the 15th of July. I encourage all the citizens to register and get their vaccine.”

Ministers Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane & Senzo Mchunu brief media on COVID-19 & vaccination rollout plan: