State’s ‘bizarre’ plan to roll out Covid-19 vaccines at Eastern Cape schools

Premier sees inoculations also happening at clinics, private doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and pharmacies

14 January 2021 - 11:01 By Gugu Phandle and and Dispatch Reporters
More than half of the Eastern Cape's schools will be used as vaccination centres. Stock photo.
More than half of the Eastern Cape's schools will be used as vaccination centres. Stock photo.
Image: PAYLESSIMAGES / 123RF

Bhisho's ambitious plan to roll out Covid-19 vaccines includes using half of all schools in the province as vaccination centres — a move that has been labelled “bizarre”. 

The provincial government on Wednesday moved to explain the phases of vaccination, with 200,000 health workers and people in related sectors first in line for the jab when doses arrive at the end of January.

But the real eye-opener is the plan to use more than 2,800 of the province's 5,400 schools as vaccination centres. This was revealed in a presentation by the provincial health department to the national portfolio committee on health on Wednesday.

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