- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is pushing for the inclusion of teachers in the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination
- He said teachers are key to the gradual resumption of face-to-face classes
- Gatchalian also noted how over 900,000 teachers have been working as frontliners in the blended learning system since the pandemic began
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the government to include teachers as part of the priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination.
In a statement released by Gatchalian, the lawmaker said that the teachers play a vital role in the gradual resumption of face-to-face classes. He said by prioritizing teachers in the vaccination, we are also ensuring that our children will be safe in the school premises against COVID-19.
Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on basic education, arts, and culture, said aside from teachers, non-teaching staff and school administrators should also be prioritized.
“Dahil ang ating mga guro, mga punong-guro, at kawani ng mga paaralan ay nagsisilbing mga frontliners sa pagpapatuloy ng edukasyon, nararapat lamang na mabilang sila sa mga unang makatatanggap ng bakuna laban sa COVID-19,” Gatchalian said.
He went on to note how the 900,000 teachers and non-teaching staff have been serving as frontliners to help over 22 million learners with the blended learning amid the pandemic.
President Rodrigo Duterte already approved the Department of Education’s proposal to conduct a dry run of face-to-face classes in areas with low COVID-19 risk starting January 2021.
Earlier, Malacanang already announced that the priority groups of over 25 million Filipinos will be composed of frontline health workers, the poor elderly and uniformed personnel.
“Uunahin natin bibigyan ng COVID-19 vaccine ang mga lugar na maraming kaso ng COVID-19 tulad ng Metro Manila, Metro Cebu at Davao—ito po iyong geographical priorities,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.