The government through the ministry of education and sports has warned teachers and heads of educational institutions against shunning the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination exercise saying it undermines government efforts to contain the deadly virus.
Following the launch of the Covid-19 vaccination on 10 March 2021, starting with front line workers and vulnerable groups, the government has now embarked on vaccinating teachers countrywide following the reopening of schools.
According to the Ministry of Education and Sports, the inclusion of teachers in the priority category for vaccination was and is still intended to mitigate the risk of their infection in the schools.
The Ministry however has noted that there is a poor turn out of teachers for vaccination.
”However, we have received reports from the Ministry of Health that there is low uptake of vaccination among teachers. This undermines Government efforts to ensure the safe and sustainable full reopening of education institutions.”
”The purpose of this circular, therefore, is to inform teachers in all educational institutions that you are required to take personal responsibility for getting vaccinated either at a health facility near you or through the vaccination outreaches organized by health workers in your community, Covid-19 vaccines are available free of charge in all sub-counties at Health Centre Ills, Health Centre IVs, district hospitals, regional referral hospitals and selected private health facilities,” reads a statement from the Ministry of Education
The Ministry further calls upon heads of education institutions to mobilize and support all their teaching staff to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible.
”You are advised to contact the management of the Covid-19 vaccination service centre nearest your institution and make the necessary arrangements to have the teachers vaccinated,”
”In addition to the Covid-19 vaccines, non-therapeutic preventive measures against the spread of Covid-19, including wearing of face mask, hand washing and social distancing should continue to be strictly observed.” the ministry adds.