‘No vax, No turo,’ 144 Lapu-Lapu City public school teachers warned

‘No vax, No turo,’ 144 Lapu-Lapu City public school teachers warned

By Junex Doronio
July 18, 2022

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Whatever their individual reasons but the 144 unvaccinated public school teachers in this city have to conquer their fear, or else they may not be allowed to teach during the in-person classes starting next month.

This warning was aired by Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos, DepEd Lapu-Lapu City Division Superintendent, based on the vaccination requirement for the face-to-face classes by the Department of Education (DepEd) now headed by Vice President Sara Z. Duterte.

She revealed that about four percent of the 3,672 teachers in the city’s 81 public schools have remained unvaccinated against the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Bongalos further bared that 96 percent or 3,528 public school teachers had been vaccinated against Covid-19 as of last Thursday, July 14.

The DepEd central office has not yet lifted its rule not to allow unvaccinated teachers to teach in front of their students, particularly during the full implementation of the face-to-face classes in November.

Bongalos advised the unvaccinated teachers to get their jabs.

However, she noted that some of the teachers refused to get vaccinated due to their illnesses or as advised by their doctors.

It was learned that the DepEd said last July 12 that elementary and secondary education in both public and private schools will have to resume the conduct of five-day in-person classes by Nov. 2 this year regardless of the alert status of the areas where the schools are located.

But with the shortage of teachers, Bongalos expressed hope that the unvaccinated teachers may eventually be allowed to teach during the full implementation of in-person classes in November. (ai/mtvn)

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