The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has said that journalists will be the next profession to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
This includes both community and freelance journalists.
The government confirmed the news, announcing that it will happen as soon as all media houses submit their information regarding their employees’ age groups and the regions in which they are stationed.
All journalists elegible will still need to apply for the vaccine through the Government Communications and Information System (GCIS).
A statement released by Sanef welcomed the government’s decision, as journalists across the country have risked their lives since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Even during the different peaks of the pandemic, journalists have not had the option to suspend their jobs or work from home because of the nature of their work and the critical service they provide,” the statement read.
The organisation also urged all journalists to take the vaccine: “We call on all journalists and the media fraternity to vaccinate so that the government can quickly move onto the next priority sectors.”
From the beginning of July, the vaccine rollout programme will target essential workers who have not been vaccinated yet.
The first set of essential workers to receive the vaccine will be 145,000 officials and 36,000 civilians who work in the police service and defence force.
South Africa has thus far vaccinated more than 2 million individuals.
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