Recognizing that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will pave the way for safe resumption of face-to-face classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday, May 13, announced the launch of a campaign to support the national vaccination drive of the government.
Dubbed, “Vacc2School: Ligtas na Bakuna, Para sa Balik-Eskwela!” the campaign aims to inform, educate, and engage its teaching, non-teaching personnel and other stakeholders in promoting the vaccination drive and other related policies to mitigate COVID-19.
The campaign was also contextualized to support the BIDA Solusyon Plus sa COVID-19 campaign of the Department of Health (DOH) in the education sector.
“I am encouraging everyone, especially the teachers, and other education personnel to participate in this campaign, and make informed decisions on vaccination to further intensify and advance our chances of safely returning to school,” said Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, who already received the vaccine herself.
President Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) approved the request of Briones to include frontline personnel in basic education under Priority Group A4.
“We would like to encourage our teachers to vaccinate themselves because it is not only a matter of protecting your personal rights, it is also a matter of protecting the lives and health of children which is also entrusted to our care,” Briones said.
With the guidance of the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 (NDVP), DepEd will participate in three levels: as recipients or beneficiaries of the vaccine; as members of the different task group on vaccination; and as champions for advocacy of the immunization program.
Under the “Vacc2School” campaign, DepEd said that various materials will be launched throughout the campaign to maximize available platforms in communicating its objectives.
These materials, DepEd said, are aligned on its messaging on vaccination participation focusing on the commitment to the agency’s mandate, truth, health and safety, and promotion of informed decisions.
The campaign introduced the characters of Teacher Edna, Doctor Edu, Learners Kaye, and Sean in educating DepEd personnel and stakeholders on their roles in mitigating the virus.
Additionally, DepEd created also a microsite to serve as a repository of memoranda, aide-memoire, infographics, and other data in line with the campaign that may be accessed through the following link: deped.gov.ph/vacc2school.