The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, Nov. 16, said that the vaccination rate of its personnel nationwide continues to increase.
In a virtual press briefing, DepEd’s Bureau of Learner Support Services (BLSS) Director Lope Santos III gave an update on the vaccination rate of the agency’s personnel.
“Our vaccination rate is now at 67 percent,” Santos said, citing data as of Oct. 19. “With that rate, we expect that by Nov. 15, we expect that the vaccination rate in DepEd will reach more than 80 percent,” he added.
Based on the national summary of DepEd’s vaccination status, Santos said that 67.33 percent or 627, 778 of the agency’s personnel are already vaccinated against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Of this number, 158,504 received the first dose and 469, 274 have completed their second dose.
Meanwhile, 34. 13 percent or 318, 205 personnel are still unvaccinated. DepEd said that of this number, 215, 966 are already registered for vaccination and 102, 239 are unregistered.
Santos said that there is also 0.32 percent or 3, 432 percent which remain “unknown.”
There are 932, 396 teaching and non-teaching personnel in DepEd.
Meanwhile, Santos also cited the high vaccination rate of teachers and personnel in schools that are included in the pilot run of limited face-to-face classes.
In the 100 pilot schools, Santos said that “more than 80 percent of the DepEd personnel are already vaccinated while the rest are registered and are waiting for their vaccination schedule.”
Santos said that there are 1,401 personnel in the 100 pilot face-to-face schools and 81.66 percent of the personnel are already vaccinated.
Of this number, 964 have completed their vaccination while 180 teachers and personnel already received their first dose.
Santos said that there are 100 who are unvaccinated but registered; 90 are unvaccinated and unregistered and 67 “unknown.”
Among the top reasons of those who are refusing vaccination, Santos said, include generic health reasons or conditions, pregnancy, allergies, fear of adverse effects, ongoing medication or vaccination and religious beliefs.
Meanwhile, DepEd expressed optimism that more personnel will get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the country implements and expands the conduct of pilot face-to-face classes.
With the planned National Vaccination Day from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, Santos said DepEd is expecting that all those who would want to get vaccinated will take the opportunity to get their jabs.