MANILA, Aug 16 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Education announced on Monday that it would allow unvaccinated teachers teach in classrooms during the resumption of face-to-face classes on August 22.

As of latest tally, DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Revsee Escobedo said some 37,000 teachers are still unvaccinated against COVID-19. Of this number, Escobedo said 20,000 were committed to receiving the vaccine, while the remaining 17,000 were not.

“Ang bago nating polisiya ay papayagan na silang mag-report at magturo na rin provided na kailangan lang na they will still follow the minimum public health protocol like wearing of face mask and ‘yung silid-aralan na kanilang pagtuturuan ay dapat maayos ‘yung ventilations,” he said.

“Wala na po tayong tinatawag na kailangang bakunado o kaya hindi pahihintulutan ‘yung mga hindi bakunado. Sa ngayon ay lahat ng teacher ay magtuturo sa ating estudyante at sila ay magrereport na sa kani-kanilang silid-paaralan,” he added.

As part of health protocols, Escobedo said teachers who showed COVID-19 symptoms were advised to stay in their homes and get tested.

He also assured teachers who need to under quarantine that they will be given “excused leave with pay.”

“Kung sila ay nasa bahay, sila ay considered on leave o kaya excused ‘yung kanilang leaves,” he said.

DepEd said it was coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) to roll out mobile COVID-19 vaccinations and organize counseling sessions among unvaccinated learners in schools. (MNS)