Benguet teachers, students urged to get vaccinated


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet(PIA) – Teachers and students are encouraged to get themselves vaccinated and be protected from COVID-19 especially with the planned opening of face-to-face classes in the province of Benguet.

Provincial Health Officer 1 Dr. Meliarazon Dulay called on teachers in the different schools in the province to get vaccinated to ensure protection against the COVID-19 and at the same as protection of students when the planned face to face classes would be allowed in the province.

“We encourage our teachers to be vaccinated so that parents would be comfortable to allow their children to go to school when face-to-face learning will push through). By getting vaccinated, they protect themselves, and at the same time they protect our children,” Dulay said.

PHO data as of October 2021 showed that at least 50 percent or about 2,500 out of the target of more than 5,000 teachers are already vaccinated.

The Department of Education announced recently the planned opening of the face-to-face classes following President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s
approval of the DepEd’s proposal of the pilot implementation in consideration of education quality, mental health, and economic issues amidst the pandemic.

DepEd-Benguet has submitted list of schools for the possible limited face-to-face classes in the province but will still be assessed. Dulay said that vaccines are now sufficient in the province and are readily available at the different vaccination sites in the municipalities and even in schools which have become vaccination sites.

The provincial government thru the PHO and the different agencies also kicked off the COVID- 19 vaccination caravan in the province.

All eligible population including pediatric or those 12 to 17 year old who do not have comorbidities could get vaccinated at the mobile vaccination sites that are rolled out in the barangays.

Pediatric population with comorbidities should be vaccinated at the hospitals and health facilities.

Governor Melchor Diclas is calling on parents or guardians to allow and accompany their children 12 to 17 years old get inoculated for their protection against COVID.