THE Department of Education (DepEd) said four out of five or 80.25% of teaching and non-teaching personnel were already vaccinated against COVID-19 in the latest vaccination report from the field.
Based on the national summary of DepEd’s vaccination status, the number of vaccinated now stands at 779,002 out of 970,730 personnel from field offices and schools. It is 7.7% (70,990) higher than the reported figure last November 2021.
“We are thankful to our teachers and personnel for their overwhelming support to our vaccination efforts. Our shared goal to get protected against COVID-19 will help us fast track our safe return to our classrooms, Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
DepEd–Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) recorded the highest percentage of vaccinated teaching and non-teaching personnel with 96.30%, followed by DepEd National Capital Region and CAR with 93.29% and 89.41% immunization status, respectively.
The report also showed that 156,299 DepEd personnel are already registered to their Local Government Unit (LGUs), while 49,152 are unregistered due to various reasons.
In addition, nearly nine out of 10 personnel are already fully vaccinated at the DepEd Central Office. On January 18, some 320 personnel from CO received booster shots in cooperation with Pasig City Health Office.
Meanwhile, the Department assures continuous coordination with the Department of Health (DOH), National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), and local government units to roll out vaccines among DepEd personnel.
“As part of the whole-of-nation approach, we are closely coordinating with the government to ensure that vaccines are available for our personnel. It is part of our shared responsibility to ensure that our learners, families, and communities are safe from the threat of COVID-19,” Sec. Briones said.
Undersecretary for Administration and DepEd Task Force COVID-19 Chairperson Alain B. Del Pascua also reminded all field offices, schools, and personnel to report and update their vaccination status using the DepEd Mobile App, which can be downloaded in App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).