Kaya 959 News Reporter
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga dismissed rumours of plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to learners.
The COVID-19 vaccine is not approved for people under the age of 18 in South Africa.
Motshekga urged rumour-mongers to stop causing unnecessary panic by spreading misinformation.
The COVID-19 vaccine is approved for learners who are 18 years and older.
Motshekga encourages those learners to vaccinate.
Learners under the age of 18 will have access to the Integrated School Health Programme (ISHP).
The programme is a collaboration between the DBE and the Department of Health and Social Development.
It offers health services that include “deworming, routine immunisation against measles, polio, HPV, mental health and psycho-social support,” says Motshekga.
Parents and guardians must consent to the service before a learner receives treatment.