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Vaccination not required for teachers in limited face-to-face classes – DepEd

Bonz Magsambol
Vaccination not required for teachers in limited face-to-face classes – DepEd

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In other countries where face-to-face classes have already resumed, unvaccinated teachers were able to pass on the virus to students

The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Monday, September 20, that COVID-19 vaccinations are not a requirement for teachers joining the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes.

In a press briefing on Monday, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that regardless of their vaccination status, teachers aged 65 and below and those who do not have comorbidities can join the pilot run.

“Ang mga teachers natin, mga staff na 65 years old and below, kung walang comorbidities, pwede silang sumali sa programa. Puwede silang mag-serve regardless of their vaccination status,” Briones said.

(Our teachers and staff who are 65 years old and below, if they don’t have comorbidities, they can join the pilot run. They can serve regardless of their vaccination status.)

The education secretary said that this was due to “human rights declaration of individuals concerning their health.” She added that vaccination is not yet mandatory in the country.

In other countries, where face-to-face classes have already resumed, unvaccinated teachers were able to pass on the virus to students.

Even though vaccination is not a requirement, Briones was confident that a significant number of teachers have already been vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We’re only talking of 100 schools, public schools and 20 private schools. Maybe it won’t be an enormous challenge to have vaccinated teachers,” she added.

The DepEd crafted the limited face-to-face guidelines with the DOH. Rappler reached out to the Department of Health (DOH) for a comment, but they have yet to respond as of this posting. We will update this story once we receive a reply.

As of July 8, the DepEd said some 299,021 of its personnel had been vaccinated with either first or second dose. This is just 37.91% of the 788,839 teaching and non-teaching personnel qualified for vaccination.

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The DepEd has yet to release the list of schools that would participate in the pilot run and the start date of the pilot run.

For the second time, millions of Filipino students started classes again even as campuses remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on September 13. – Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.