As part of its preparations for the gradual resumption of face-to-face classes nationwide, the Department of Education (DepEd) and the National Task Force (NTF) on Vaccination agreed to accelerate the vaccination of teachers and school personnel.
“DepEd already met with the NTF, which is the national vaccination task force of the government, to accelerate the vaccination of our personnel,” said DepEd Planning Services Director Roger Masapol in virtual presser on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
Masapol also presented a framework for the vaccination program for teaching and non-teaching staff for both public and private schools across the country.
For the first phase, Masapol explained that the vaccination of teachers and other school staff will start in the 59 schools that were initially approved by the Department of Health (DOH) for the pilot implementation of limited face-to-face classes as well as for those under the schools nominated in Metro Manila.
The second phase will focus on the rest of the 638 schools that were nominated by DepEd’s regional offices.
The third phase of the accelerated vaccination program for teachers and personnel will cover all schools nationwide.
Masapol said that DepEd needs to submit to the NTF a list of unvaccinated school personnel. Then, there will be coordination with the local government units (LGUs) for the possible vaccination sites.
DepEd will also have to provide manpower support to the LGU during vaccination, Masapol said.
In the same briefing, DepEd also announced that of the 59 schools initially approved by DOH, only 30 will push through with the pilot run on Nov. 15.
Based on the operating guidelines for the implementation of limited face-to-face classes in low risk areas, DepEd said that all teachers and school personnel involved in the pilot run must be vaccinated against COVID-19.