All vaccines used in South Africa have been tested and approved by SAHPRA – an entity of the National Department of Health created by Government with the responsibility to regulate health products in the country.

  1. Getting the vaccine will protect you from severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
  2. When you are vaccinated, your immune system will recognize the virus quickly when you get infected with COVID-19 and prevents you from being severely ill or dying.
  3. Get vaccinated, you will be doing it for yourself and your loved ones.
  4. When we collectively take the decision to get vaccinated, we take a step closer to returning to getting back to life as we knew it.
  5.  Our leaders in Government, Teacher Unions, faith-based and other sectors have already gotten the vaccine.
  6. Fake news and conspiracy theories are part of all vaccination programmes – always listen to the experts and the scientists.
  7.  The Basic Education sector is aware of hesitancy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines. The sector is working closely with Teacher Unions, SGBs and other stakeholders to address it.
  8. The Basic Education sector is engaging experts and leaders of faith based groups to address vaccine hesitancy in the sector.
  9. Getting the vaccine provides you with one layer of protection - you still need to continue wearing a mask, washing or sanitizing your hands and keeping physical distance from others. Together, these provide you with a complete package of protection.
  10. Vaccination is voluntary – The Basic Education sector will NEVER force you to take it. You can, however, save yourself and help save others by choosing vaccination.
  11. The Basic Education sector vaccination programme will remain open during the week of 5-9 July 2021.
  12. You can get vaccinated at your nearest vaccination designated site. Your school has the information on the nearest vaccination site.
  13.  For more information, call the COVID-19 call centre on 0800 029 999