The Department of Education (DepEd) on Monday, June 14, welcomed various global developments and insights related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – especially on the vaccination of minors against the disease.
DepEd issued the statement as the government starts the inoculation of economic frontliners – including teachers and non-teaching personnel.
Nonetheless, DepEd said it “will discuss these developments” with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) and the Department of Health (DOH).
DepEd said that it will “defer to their decision regarding the matter.”
Currently, DepEd said that it is focused on supporting the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP). It also encourages its teachers and personnel to get vaccinated in preparation for the “eventual implementation” of limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas.
“Should the President and the IATF allow limited face-to-face classes based on the gains of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts, DepEd shall still employ stringent conditions and safety protocols in our field offices and schools that will participate in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes,” DepEd explained.
DepEd said that it continues to look forward to returning to the “new normal,” – thus, it continues to urge “everyone to continue cooperating with the government’s vaccination and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts for the protection of our children, families, and communities.”