Schools cannot be used as vax centers, hubs in ‘Bakunahang Bayan’ drive — DepED  

Published December 4, 2022, 10:28 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepED) said that schools will not be allowed to be used as vaccination centers or hubs during the period of the “Bakunahang Bayan” drive to start on Monday, Dec. 5.

(NOEL PABALATE / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The DepEd Order No. 051 series of 2022 signed by Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte was issued as guidance for learners, personnel, parents, guardians, and other stakeholders during the Covid-19 vaccination drive of the Department of Health (DOH).

In the said order, DepED said that all its schools “cannot be used as vaccination centers or hubs” and there will also be “no cancellation or suspension of classes in schools” during the vaccination drive set from Dec. 5 to 7, 2022.

DepED explained that consistent with its policy of strict adherence to the school calendar, all school efforts should be “poured into recovery from learning losses and to unloading non-teaching work of teachers.”

While schools cannot be used as vaccination centers, DepED said that the Regional Directors, Schools Division Superintendents, and DepEd attached agencies should coordinate with their DOH counterparts in the scheduling of their personnel for the “Bakunahan Bayan” vaccinations which can be conducted in the Central Office (CO), Regional Offices (RO), Schools Division Offices (SDO), and DepEd attached agencies.

Vaccinations in all these offices, DepED added, should also be “open to the general public who volunteer to be vaccinated or to get their boosters.”

Moreover, DepED also urged the CO, ROs, SDOs, and the attached agencies to promote vaccination in their venues.

DepED noted that private schools and community learning centers, as well as state/local universities and colleges (SUCs/LUCs), have the “option to abide” by the provisions of the said DO.

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