DepEd: Teachers in face-to-face classes to get vaccinated

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 6) — Teachers will be vaccinated against COVID-19 should President Rodrigo Duterte approve the proposal for onsite classes, an Education official said on Monday.

"May kasunduan with the Department of Health na ‘yung mga nasa schools na kalahok dito sa pilot face-to-face ay kahit hindi nasa priority areas ay bibigyan ng consideration para sa vaccination," Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said during a virtual briefing.

[Translation: There is an agreement with the Department of Health that those schools that will participate in the pilot run of face-to-face classes, even if they are not in the priority areas, will be given consideration for vaccination.]

The agency earlier said over 952,000 teachers and support personnel across the country need to be inoculated against COVID-19.

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However, vaccination will be for a select number of personnel since face-to-face classes will initially involve only 120 schools nationwide that will be chosen based on COVID-19 risk.

The dry run will cover kindergarten, and Grades 1 to 3. The proposal also seeks to reduce class size to 12 to 16 learners, Malaluan said, adding that class hours would be limited to three hours.

He said attendance to onsite classes will be on a voluntary basis with permission from parents.

Malaluan said the Education and Health departments crafted joint guidelines for the proposal.