THE Department of Education (DepEd) launched a campaign to encourage teaching and non-teaching personnel to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The Vacc2School: Ligtas na Bakuna para sa Balik-Eskwela seeks to “inform, educate, and engage education stakeholders in supporting and promoting the national vaccination drive under the Department of Health’s BIDA Solusyon Plus sa Covid-19 campaign”.
DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones reminds personnel who fall under the A1 to A3 priority classification (medical frontliners, senior citizens, and those with comorbidities) on the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for Covid-19 (NDVP) to get immunized to also protect their families, the learners, and their communities.
“We would like to encourage our teachers to be vaccinated because it is not only a matter of protecting your personal rights, but it is also a matter of protecting the lives and health of children and staff who are also entrusted in our care,” said Briones, who recently received the jab herself.
She also added that participating in this campaign can help raise awareness on vaccines and encourage more people to make informed decisions, as they aim to advance the chances of safely returning to school.
NDVP has also approved the inclusion of education frontliners to the A4 priority list. Under the NDVP guidelines, DepEd personnel will participate in the vaccination campaign on three levels: As recipients of the vaccine, as members of the task group on vaccination, and as champions for advocacy of the immunization program.
Various information materials will be released throughout the Vacc2School campaign to maximize available platforms in communicating its objectives.
For more information, the microsite for the campaign may be accessed through deped.gov.ph/vacc2school.
DepEd is also eyeing to conduct town hall meetings to address stakeholders’ concerns and plan workshops for championing vaccination advocacies.