Grade school students of Fernando Ma. Guerrero Elementary School in Manila observe the health protocols by washing their hands and having their temperature checked on the first day of classes for SY 2022-2023 on Monday (Aug. 22, 2022). (MNS photo)

MANILA, Aug 22 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Education announced that 92 of teaching and non-teaching personnel have already completed their primary vaccine series against COVID-19.

Citing DepEd’s records, DepEd spokesperson Atty. Michael Poa said that over 90 percent of teaching and non-teaching are now fully vaccinated.

Poa added that they are currently getting information on how many of this number have already received their booster doses.

He also reiterated that they will be implementing a No Discrimination Policy in schools, allowing teachers and students to attend face-to-face classes despite their vaccination status.

“This is because ang national vaccination program ay hindi mandatory,” he said.

DepEd Undersecretary Atty. Revsee Escobedo earlier announced that even unvaccinated teachers are now allowed to teach in classrooms during the resumption of face-to-face classes on August 22.

On the learners’ part, Poa reported on Friday that only 19% of them have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.

He also credited the low figure on the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program being non-mandatory.

He thus advised students, teachers, and parents that COVID-19 is still here, thus minimum public health standards should be followed at all times.

“Naatasan natin ang ating mga school officials na talagang strict tayo sa observance ng minimum health and safety standards natin,” Poa added.

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