EDITORIAL | Those perpetuating vaccine hesitancy are putting lives at risk
As people who are looked up to, teachers and medical professionals have a duty to encourage vaccinations
“Vaccines are safe, effective and probably the game-changers in terms of getting us beyond Covid-19.”
This is the message from Granville Whittle, the acting director-general of the basic education department. He was talking about vaccine hesitancy among teachers whose vaccination rollout is set to start on Wednesday. Whittle said a survey by five teacher unions in January showed 52% of teachers wanted to be vaccinated. This had risen to 76% by June.
Even if the latter number is true, that means there are still more than 20% — or a fifth — of teachers opposed to getting the vaccine...