Covid-19: Teachers on frontline to receive vaccine

Jan, 7th 2021 – Teachers will be among the first people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine even as their employer assured that no one will lose their job for opting to work from home.

Health Chief Administrative Secretary Mercy Mwangangi said that other professionals who will be given priority are health workers and police officers, as well as older citizens aged 58 and above.

Dr. Mwangangi said that teachers are now at the Frontline hence given priority. She said, “When the vaccine arrives, which is projected to be around end of February, teachers will be among the first beneficiaries because they are now frontline workers.”

Separately, Teachers Service Commission Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia has dismissed fears that staff who work from home will be fired. Macharia said, “If you are not able to go to school, no one will sack you. Even before Covid-19, teachers fell sick and nobody would wish to make matters worse for teachers.

According to Macharia, teachers who wish to work from home will have other roles to play, including preparing lesson plans, schemes of work and marking.

Macharia also said the commission is working with the World Bank and other partners to train teachers on psycho-social support. “We have directed our county and regional directors to advise and guide the teachers whenever they come to their officers for direction,” Macharia said.

The assurance follows a State directive that tutors aged over 58 or those with pre-existing conditions should teach remotely, or in well-aerated classrooms.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe last Friday said that they had developed immunization protocols to guide how the shots will be given. Kagwe adding that the jab will not be compulsory said, “We have a system to indicate who will be first to get the vaccines.”

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