With all the talks regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, the Department of Education (DepEd) assured that teachers will not have an active and direct participation in the actual administration of the vaccine once it becomes available in the country.
“Teachers are trained to teach, not to administer vaccines,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in a statement issued on Friday, Feb. 5. Instead, she noted that public school teachers will assist the national government in its vaccination program through information drive.
Citing discussions with the Department of Health (DOH), Briones noted that “teachers can help inform learners on the overview of the national government’s vaccine program.”
On using schools as vaccination centers, Briones stressed that it will be a case-to-case basis since not all schools are equipped with spaces and equipment for the program.
Currently, Briones reminded that schools act as distribution sites for learning packets and Self-Learning Modules.
She noted that schools are only used as quarantine facilities upon the approval of the request of concerned local government units (LGUs). “We’re willing to help but our interest is to protect the children, teachers, and staff,” Briones ended.