'Ensure first vaccine dose for teaching staff by Sept'

Ensure one dose of vaccine for teaching, non-teaching staff by September: Centre

The Department of School Education and Literacy is also keeping itself updated on vaccination of teachers on a weekly basis through a tracker

The Centre on Tuesday asked states and union territories to ensure at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccination for all teaching and non-teaching staff of schools.

The push for vaccination came from Anita Karwal, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, at a meeting with states and UTs amid a move by the government to re-open schools as the Covid-19 pandemic appeared to ebb.

She advised the Health and Education Secretaries of all States and UTs to jointly design a road map at the district level for vaccination of all the teaching and non-teaching staff.

During the virtual meeting, Karwal advised all the states and UTs to get the first dose of vaccination completed for all the teaching and non-teaching staff during the month of September 2021.

She said those teaching and non-teaching staff who have already received the first dose should be followed up vigorously for the second dose.

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The Department of School Education and Literacy is also keeping itself updated on the vaccination of teachers on a weekly basis through a tracker.

At least 17 states, including Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh have either reopened schools or planning to do so shortly as Covid-19 cases have reduced and the pandemic appeared to be subsiding.

States such as Maharashtra and Kerala that are still reporting a high number of Covid-19 cases daily were yet to take any decision on the reopening of schools.

Most of the states have started schools for students of Classes 9 to 12.

Last week, over 55 doctors, academicians, and professionals had written to the Prime Minister’s office, Chief Ministers of all states, Union Education Minister, Union Health Minister and National Disaster Management Authority on giving priority to reopening of primary schools.

The letter said that school closure was no longer tenable, especially for the younger children who were at the least risk from Covid-19 and face the highest cost due to the closure of schools.

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