Article by: Dumisane Dube
The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) announced that journalists are among those next in line for the Covid-19 vaccine.
According to SANEF they were informed on Monday by the government about the move to vaccinate journalists after lengthy discussions.
SANEF’s Mary Papaya says the process going forward is that all media houses will now have to submit data of all of their staff and also put in place the regions that government can press ahead and prioritize the vaccination process throughout the country for journalists.
“Journalists are frontline workers and who worked 24/7 since the breakout of the pandemic to make sure that the public of South Africa was kept informed of everything that was happening around us,” said Papaya.
SANEF’s Secretary-General Mahlatse Mahlase said the rollout will also include community media and freelance journalists.
“The work has already started actually. It started yesterday (Monday). We have sent out surveys by the Department of Health where media companies are being asked the number of employees in those companies, and also just a survey indication of just how old these employees are. This of course is to allow for the department to be clear in terms of how many jabs need to be allocated to journalists” says Mahlatse Mahlase.
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