Ateneo's medicine students, staff vaccinated against COVID-19 as limited face-to-face classes begin

Published June 26, 2021, 1:09 PM

by Gabriela Baron

Students, faculty members, and staff of the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health (ASMPH) have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as limited face-to-face classes begin.

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A total of 537 clerks, interns, students, and faculty members of the ASMPH have been fully vaccinated against the viral disease.

“Medical students are our next frontliners. This is why it’s important to ensure that they are protected from COVID-19. To be the best physicians they can be, they need to be equipped with the necessary lessons and competencies, and because of the nature of medicine as discipline, we can only do this through face-to-face classes,” ASMPH Dean Dr. Cenon Alfonso said in a statement.

“Since ASMPH has received approval from the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) and CHED (Commission on Higher Education) to resume limited face-to-face classes, being vaccinated will protect them, their immediate families, and the school’s community members, and the larger community as well,” he added.

The vaccination drive is in partnership with The Medical City Hospital Infection Control and Epidemiology Center (TMC-HICEC) and the local government of Pasig.

ASMPH offers two kinds of face-to-face classes, the Clinical Limited Access Rotation Program for its medical clerks and interns the Sequential Limited Class Exposure Program from lower years, both approved by the IATF and the CHED.

ASMPH resumed face-to-face classes in January, however, due to the sudden surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, the school reverted to online teaching and learning.

Physical classes for clerks and interns started on May 17, while face-to-face classes for lower years will begin on July 19.

Alfonso assured the public that various safety precautions, including the provision of personal protective equipment and health monitoring, have been put in place to ensure the safe return of students

Ateneo is also providing transportation to and from rotation sites and provides medical health insurance.

“ASMPH is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff. We have made it a point to ensure that we have several layers of protection so that the possibility of transmission is minimized,” Alfonso said.