Teacher unions in the Western Cape have welcomed the plan to roll out Covid-19 vaccines at schools.

Last week, the national government announced the programme to ensure access for eligible learners to receive jabs.

Authorities say the rollout will be for learners aged 12 and above, and no one will be forced to take it.

The provincial department of Health and Wellness says it is studying the implementation guidelines.

NAPTOSA’s provincial CEO, David Millar, says the sector needs stability after difficult two years.

“Not only for the sake of their own children’s health, but to secure stability in our system in attempt to return to as normal a situation as existed before Covid-19. It’s not just a youth issue, it’s a societal issue. Support the role out, we cannot afford not to.”

Meanwhile, SADTU’s provincial secretary, Jonavon Rustin, says they hope there won’t be any disruption of academic activities.