Saying they are trained to teach, not to administer vaccines, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones said public school teachers will help in the information dissemination drive on the government’s vaccination program.
“Dini-deny namin iyong perception na ang mga teachers ay sila mismo ang mag-vaccinate ng ating mga kabataan or your fellow teachers dahil may COVID o wala, anong klaseng sakit o wala, very strict ang protocol sa medicine na kung hindi ka trained medical personnel, hindi ka naman talagang isasabak sa mga medical procedures,” Briones said on Friday.
“Teachers are trained to teach, not to administer vaccine,” she added.
In discussions with the Department of Health, the DepEd’s top official said she gave commitment that teachers can assist in educating the public about the COVID-19 vaccine once they become available.
“Ang malaking kontribusyon ng mga teachers ay iyong pagpalaganap ng impormasyon hinggil sa vaccine. But even for that, kailangan silang i-brief nang husto, nang maayos ng malaman nila talaga kung ano benefits o ang protection na maibigay ng vaccine sa mga teachers,” she said.
As to utilizing some schools as vaccination centers, she stressed that it will be a case-to-case basis since not all schools are equipped with spaces and equipment for the program.
“Kailangan iplano iyan nang maayos kasi mayroon tayong schools na malaki ang clinic, mayroon namang schools na maliit lang, isang kuwatro lang ang clinic. So depende iyan sa sitwasyon ng eskuwelahan,” she said.
School are currently being used as distribution sites for learning packets and Self-Learning Modules.
“Willing tayo tumulong, but ang interest natin is to protect the children, teachers, and staff,” she said.—LDF, GMA News