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National call on freelance journalists and media houses to register staff for vaccination

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The process to vaccinate journalists progressing well.

The South African National Editors’ Forum wishes to thank all media houses big and small around the country for registering for the vaccination of their staff through the survey.

Click on this Weblink for the survey:

We achieved over 90% of registration in just four days. As we take the next and last step of the process, we hope to achieve the same level of success with the next step of uploading and submitting names and details of staff that will be vaccinated in the next few days. We wish to challenge the media houses and individual freelancers to speedily complete the attached forms and submit them without delay by Wednesday 14th July 2021, we could get the media vaccinated without delay the very next week after.

The media sector from the mainstream, to community, online/digital, broadcasting, to print as well as freelancers below 35 years will be considered. All media organisations and freelancers must complete the attached form and email it to the GCIS which has been assigned the responsibility to collate all forms on behalf of the Health Department.

To download the form Click here

Please email the completed form to Cindy Ngozo at: [email protected]

We, therefore, appeal to the media fraternity to speed up the process of uploading staff/employees’ details. This will enable the department to process the media and then move onto the next sector of essential services.

Media houses must complete the forms and provide the list(s) of staff according to regions or municipalities (cities, towns) where their staff offices are based. For example, if the head office in Johannesburg has 200 staff members, they should be at the top of the list, followed by 50 people based in Durban as the next region etc or send separate lists according to cities or towns where they operate.

We are all aware of the announcement today by acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi during a weekly briefing that registrations for the next phase of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine drive, aimed at people aged between 35 and 49, will open on 15 July. The vaccination of this cohort will begin on 1 August.

We still encourage journalists above 35 – 60 years of age to register here and get vaccinated: