Have children vaxxed, DepEd tells parents

The Department of Education continues to encourage parents to get their children inoculated against Covid-19 amid the resumption of in-person classes on 22 August, Monday.

Based on data from the Department of Health, only 19.19 percent or 5,285,437 learners nationwide are fully vaccinated, while 20.55 percent or 5,663,984 learners have received their first dose.

DepEd spokesperson Michael Poa, however, clarified that this is a moving number.

“Once the information system is updated, figures may increase,” Poa explained.

The DepEd earlier said it will conduct vaccination counseling to be able to encourage parents to get their children inoculated against the disease amid vaccine hesitancy.

“We are still coordinating with the DoH (on mobile vaccination) because that’s what we want to happen is we get the number first from the counseling on who wants to get inoculated and is ready to be inoculated, then we will take them together for our mobile vaccination drive,” Poa said.

“When will that be? I can’t give an exact timeline or date yet but we will look at it based on the report of our counseling sessions on how many would actually get themselves vaccinated against the disease,” he added.

Meanwhile, 921,925 out of 1,945,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel have received second dose of the vaccine. This makes up 92.11 percent of the teaching and non-teaching staff.

The Education department earlier said they will allow unvaccinated teachers to physically report to schools and hold in-person classes provided that they strictly follow minimum public health protocols and if the schools have proper ventilation.

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