93% of frontline higher education students now vaccinated against COVID-19, CHED says – Manila Bulletin

The Higher Education Commission (CHED) announced Tuesday, September 21 that it had achieved “collective immunity” with the vaccination of employees.

(Photo by CHED)

President Popoy De Vera said all CHED offices nationwide have achieved the level of immunization required to protect their employees during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated,” De Vera said. “The need to be vaccinated is to protect the fundamental interest of the right to life,” he added.

CHED data showed that a total of 1,198 out of 1,280 – representing 93% of the top ranks in education – have now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This, he explained, is part of CHED’s efforts to protect its employees as they strive to provide essential services to customers and responders amid the current public health situation in the country.

“The high vaccination rate gives them the confidence to ensure that essential education services continue amid the pandemic,” said De Vera.

CHED said the highest vaccination rates are found in the following offices: 43 of 43 (100%) in CHEDRO-1; 34 out of 34 (100%) in CHED-MIMAROPA; 44 out of 45 (98%) in CHED-CAR; 508 out of 529 (96%) at the central office of CHED; 48 out of 50 in CHEDRO-3 and 45 out of 47 (96%) in CHEDRO-7.

Some of the remaining employees from the various offices, De Vera said, are waiting for a schedule in their respective LGUs.

No hesitation Meanwhile, De Vera noted that one of the factors that led to CHED’s high vaccination rate was the willingness of its employees to get the vaccine.

“There does not seem to be any hesitation about vaccines among CHED employees,” said De Vera.

CHED’s central office facilities, De Vera said, follow very strict protocols and its frontline workers are regularly tested.

Meanwhile, De Vera thanked the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for improving the classification of education first ranks at A4, the Department of Health (DOH) and Local Government Units (LGU) where The CHED offices are located for the “well-organized, orderly, rapid and efficient immunization process.”

(Photo by CHED)

In particular, De Vera also thanked the Mayor of Quezon City, Joy Belmonte, for helping CHED to set up vaccination at the central office of CHED to ensure efficiency and responsiveness to the needs of its employees.

“Some of our own officials and staff at CHED have helped administer the COVID-19 vaccines,” De Vera said.

Likewise, De Vera thanked the mayor of the city of Marikina, Marcy Teodoro, for the partnership which allows CHED employees to be tested in their facilities. “The efficiency of Marikina City is truly commendable, and I say this both as chairman of CHED and supervisor of IATF on Marikina City,” he added.

Finally, De Vera expressed his gratitude to the Local Government Units (LGUs) for recognizing the essential role played by frontline workers and their “full support to include our employees in their vaccine deployment”.



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