Teachers will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in case face-to-face classes return to the country.
At a Senate hearing, Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said, “hindi magiging ‘matter of choice’ ito para sa mga guro lalo na kung magiging bahagi ng protocol sa face-to-face classes ang pagpapabakuna.”
(it would not be a ‘matter of choice’ for teachers especially if vaccination will be part of the protocol in face-to-face classes.)
Malaluan added that the department has conducted a survey to find out the opinion of teachers regarding the vaccination program.
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, on the other hand, appealed to DepEd to force the government to raise teachers from the priority list.
Based on the government’s current priority list, teachers will be vaccinated after frontline health workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, uniformed personnel and indigent population.
It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte did not approve the return of face-to-face classes while the vaccine rollout is still pending.
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