Meanwhile, Basil Manuel, executive director of the National Professional Teachers Organisation of SA (Naptosa), confirmed that they would be meeting the acting director-general of basic education, Granville Whittle, on Friday “around the vaccine issue”.

But he said he was “not aware” of the letter from the KZN health department.

TimesLIVE asked the basic education department for comment on Thursday night. This story will be updated when a response is received.

Meanwhile, basic education minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday after receiving her jab that “the minister of health [Zweli Mkhize] has committed that as soon as he gets certainty regarding the availability of the vaccines, he will prioritise front-line workers”.

“Whether it’s on a certain date in June, we hope so, but I can’t commit myself here and say we have agreed on this date with the minister,” said Motshekga.

Teacher unions have called for teachers to be prioritised for vaccinations.

Manuel said this week that vaccinating teachers will encourage other people to join the queue because “we are community leaders”.

“The vaccination of teachers settles the mind of parents,” he said. ​

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