589 teachers, staff in Negros schools division unvaxxed

There are 589 teaching and non-teaching staff of the Department of Education Division of Negros Occidental who remain unvaccinated, Ian Arnold Arnaez, DepEd-NegOcc information officer, said Wednesday, March 2.

But 11, 839 or 95 percent of the teachers and staff of the division have been vaccinated, he added.

In the absence of guidelines on the attendance of the unvaccinated staff, they will be allowed to work from home for now out of humanitarian consideration, he said.

“On the other side of the coin, those who have been vaccinated perceive it as unfair because they got vaccinated and have to report to school, while the unvaccinated work from home,” he said.

So those who work from home will be given additional tasks to even the playing field, Arnaez said.

However, the unvaccinated are still being urged to get vaccinated, he added.

Those who claim they have been advised not be vaccinated because of comorbidities are being asked to show proof or submit a doctor’s certificates to be validated by the DepEd medical officer, Arnaez said.

Arnaez also said 90 percent of the learners or students in the Division of Negros Occidental are still unvaccinated.

There are 8 percent of the students who have been vaccinated with the first dose, and 2 percent with the second dose, he said.*

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