WHO, UNICEF calls for prioritizing vaccinating teachers against COVID-19



Mon, 30 Aug 2021 - 09:06 GMT


Mon, 30 Aug 2021 - 09:06 GMT

CAIRO – 30 August 2021: The World Health Organization [WHO] called on prioritizing vaccinating teachers against COVID-19 all around the world.

A joint statement issued by WHO and the UNICEF, stated that prioritizing vaccinating the teachers will help keeping schools open especially in Europe and Central Asia throughout the pandemic.

The precautionary measures should ‘include giving teachers and other school staff the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the population groups that are the target of national vaccination plans.’ The statement said.

And with schools reopening after the summer, the two UN agencies stated that "it is imperative that teaching from inside the classroom continues without interruption", despite the spread of the most contagious delta mutant.

In Egypt, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ordered the vaccination of all university and school staff and students against COVID-19 ahead of the new academic year.

Public schools are set to begin on October 9, while international school students are due back on September 12.

By August 27, half a million workers at the Ministry of Education registered their names to receive the Coronavirus vaccine before studies begin at schools and universities.

A section was newly added to the website of the Ministry of Health dedicated for employees at Ministry of Education, who are required to be vaccinated during the coming period before the school year begins, said Aysam Salah el-Din, advisor to Minister of Health for Information Technology.

Salah el-Din called on workers at the Ministry of Education to register until September to receive the vaccination.

"The vaccine is now being manufactured in Egypt, and we produce hundreds of thousands per day, which help us to vaccinate all those numbers quickly and regularly, and the worker in the education sector can issue a secure vaccination certificate, in addition to the presence of a mobile application through which the vaccination data is shown,” he said.

He continued, "There is also a section for university workers and another for university students, where they choose the governorate in which they wish to obtain the vaccination, and chooses the university to which they belong.”






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