By: Kaya News Reporter
Journalists will be the next in line to receive COVID-19 vaccinations as part of the rollout programme by government.
The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) confirmed that the country’s journalists will be vaccinated as soon as government receives all necessary documentation from all media outlets.
Journalists are considered frontline workers who have risked their lives since the pandemic started. SANEF will release further details in due course.
“The move comes after several small newsrooms battle with the job’s demands as their colleagues have been infected in the line of duty and are forced to isolate. Despite the risk, they remained committed to the cause, going beyond the call of duty as the nation struggles through these unprecedented times,” SANEF’s Secretary-General Mahlatse Mahlase said.
SANEF welcomes the decision for journalists to be vaccinated and prioritised in the rollout programme.
#BreakingNews The South African National Editors’ Forum SANEF welcomes government’s decision to prioritise journalists in the country’s vaccine rollout programme. Journalists never sleep! @SAEditorsForum 🙌🏿🕯👏🏼👏🏼
— Mary B Papayya (@MaryPapayya) June 29, 2021