With the Department of Education’s (DepEd) recent announcement that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes in low-risk areas in the country, many parents became worried as DepEd also stated that COVID-19 vaccination will not be required for teachers participating in the run.
The United States follows a Federal system of government, meaning each state, like New York or Florida, has a different set of laws to follow. Some states have chosen to mandate that their teachers get vaccinated to protect themselves, their students, and those around them.
The following U.S. states, namely California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Washington, have stated that teachers are required to either be vaccinated or go through regular testing for the virus. Other states have left it to each school district to decide on their vaccination requirements, and some have said that school districts can’t require teachers to be vaccinated.
In the Philippines, it’s another story. Vaccine supply is limited, especially when compared to the United States, where it’s readily available. DepEd Sec. Briones said in a press briefing on Monday, September 20, that most teachers are perhaps vaccinated, but the agency is still gathering data on the number of teachers already vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a report by Inquirer.
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The Philippines and Venezuela are the only countries in the world that have not yet returned to face-to-face classes.
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