The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in the North West on Wednesday expressed support for teachers to be prioritized for covid-19 vaccination describing it as a necessary intervention to guarantee uninterrupted schooling. The civic organisation called for vaccines to be made available to achieve the targeted objective.
   
“While the country has done well in terms of saving the 2020 academic year, we concur with the view that plans for primary schools to return to normal daily attendance under new regulations in July must be preceded by vaccination of teachers with comorbidities who fall within the vulnerable group,” emphasised SANCO Provincial Chairperson Paul Sebegoe.
 
Sebegoe maintained that the next vaccination phase towards achieving herd immunity must include citizens with comorbidities as well as frontline workers such as police officials including other essential workers such as public transport providers and those employed at grocery stores who played a crucial supportive role in the fight against covid-19 during the hard lockdown.
 
Sebegoe commended the health department for progress it has thus far registered in the second phase of the vaccination programme targeting the elderly over 60 years of age.
 
“We are encouraged by the outreach to townships and rural communities to ramp up vaccination registration figures. Our appeal to churches as well as other civil society organisations and social partners is that they should play their part in the mobilization drive to raise awareness,” he stressed.
 
“Everyone including citizens must play their part in order to curb the rising surge of new infections that might plunge us into the eye of the dreaded third wave,” he added.