Teachers and school staff in the Western Cape are urged to be at school in order to prepare for the Covid-19 vaccination programme starting on Friday.

All educators and non-teaching staff at public and independent schools, as well as all district and Head Office staff are expected to get their first jab of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Western Cape Education Department will receive approximately 55 200 vaccines.

The department says the majority of the work to prepare for the rollout has been concluded, given that schools have already registered staff members.

Provincial Education spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond, says this is an exciting and very welcome development.

“Teachers and staff that have not yet registered must contact their principal to get their details and consent submitted. The WCED will, however, liaise with independent schools to conclude arrangements for their vaccination process. A process will be put in place for Head Office and district office staff to indicate their consent. District offices will begin contacting schools this week, informing them of their school’s vaccination schedule.