The Limpopo Department of Education has been allocated doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 single dose vaccine for the current vaccination phase for staff in the education sector as announced by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga on Saturday, 19 June 2021. The Provincial Department of Health is targeting Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 June 2021 for vaccination of the first batch of 38 400 dose

All employees in the basic education sector are eligible to get a vaccine of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. The basic education sector refers to staff at schools, as well as circuit, district, and provincial levels. This includes teachers appointed by the Department, teachers appointed by School Governing Bodies, teachers in the independent school sector, administrative and support staff appointed by the Department, non-teaching staff appointed by the Department (drivers, cleaners, janitors, security guards, etc.) and all hostel staff appointed by the Department.

Scheduling of where and when staff members should present themselves for vaccination is done through district and circuit offices of the Department of Education. The current vaccination drive excludes any person that contracted Covid-19 in the past 30 days, was vaccinated for Covid-19 using another vaccine or vaccinated for flu in the past 14 days.  All persons not covered in the current batch, will be catered for in the next phase.

Limpopo MEC for Education, Polly Boshielo has expressed satisfaction on the roll out plans for the province. “It must ring true to all of us that until all of us are safe, nobody is safe from the Covid-19 virus. The third wave is upon us. These are difficult and unsettling times and Covid-19 pandemic is clearly impacting negatively on our personal and professional lives and on those that we love so dearly. It is in this regard that we urge you, our educators, officials, and support staff in our schools, public and private, to take with both hands the opportunity to vaccinate at your nearest vaccination site. Drop all and vaccinate.  

Vaccination is voluntary; however, all staff are encouraged to take the vaccine to ensure normalisation of the sector. Together we can beat the third wave and ultimately the Covid-19 pandemic. Please, let us continue to adhere to all the health and safety protocols. Wear your masks, wash your hands, and keep the required social distance. It is in our hands. Let us stay safe! said MEC Boshielo. MEC Boshielo is scheduled to receive her vaccination on Friday, 25 June at Polokwane Hospital.

The Premier, Minister of Basic Education, the MEC for Health and representatives of social partners will also be at the hospital to mark the start of the programme in the province.

Media enquiries:

Ms Tidimalo Chuene 

Departmental Spokesperson 

082 831 0227

Mr Sam Makondo 

MEC's Media Liaison Officer

082 338 2684