DepEd Welcomes Minors’ COVID-19 Vaccination

The Department of Education just issued a statement regarding the vaccination of minors against COVID-19. Apparently, the department now welcomes international developments and insights on the matter. They wrote: “As the government starts the inoculation of economic frontliners, including teachers and non-teaching personnel, the Department of Education (DepEd) welcomes various global developments and insights on the vaccination of minors against COVID-19.” These developments will reportedly be discussed with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) and the Department of Health (DOH) before making a final decision.

In the meantime, DepEd is said to be focusing on supporting the National Deployment and Vaccination plan (NDVP) and encouraging teachers and personnel to get a COVID-19 jab. This is in preparation for the eventual implementation of limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas should the president and the IATF allow it. Stringent conditions and safety protocols in participating field offices and schools in the pilot implementation shall still be employed by the department.

DepEd also urges everyone to “continue cooperating with the government’s vaccination and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts for the protection of our children, families, and communities.”

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