In order to make an informed decision, the Department of Education (DepEd) urged both teaching and non-teaching personnel to be more proactive in learning about the vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the government’s inoculation program and other related information.
“I am encouraging everyone to be proactive in learning about the vaccine and the vaccination program, and to make an informed choice about the matter,” Education Leonor Briones, in a statement issued Thursday, April 22.
This, she added, is very crucial in highlighting the education sector’s important role to be advocates for the vaccination.
Likewise, Briones also appealed to DepEd personnel to “rely on credible and official sources” such as the official websites and social media accounts of the Department of Health (DOH) and the local government units (LGUs) for for “accurate information” about the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines, and vaccination program.
Early this week, DepEd Task Force on COVID-19 (DTFC) issued guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for teaching and non-teaching personnel.
In the said DTFC memorandum, DepEd personnel – as vaccine recipients – were requested to note their vaccination details, including the registration and the vaccination card for documentation and monitoring purposes within DepEd, and to strictly follow required health standards before, during, and after the immunization.
DepEd, in its policy, said that it will also work closely with the LGUs and concerned agencies to establish its own vaccination database.
The DepEd underscored the importance of vaccinating teachers and other staff noting that “vaccination is a key component of any roadmap to the resumption of face-to-face classes” – as reiterated by President Duterte.