2,500 out of 400,000 teachers have rejected the vaccine.
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Despite the Government’s efforts in driving vaccinations, there are a handful who choose not to take the vaccine for various reasons.
Recently, a sum of teachers in Johor who refused to take the vaccine were called in by TMJ for a chat.
However, with schools scheduled to re-open on 3 October, Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said that teachers who refuse to take the vaccine will not be allowed to teach face-to-face, in a classroom with their students.
According to Berita Harian, he said there are 2,500 teachers who have rejected the vaccine and the Ministry of Education (MOE) will continue to engage with them.
“However, MOE will produce duty guidelines for unvaccinated teachers, and we are in discussion with the Department of Public Service on actions that can be taken against these unvaccinated teachers,” he said.
Radzi explained further that the amount of unvaccinated teachers is only a handful compared to the 400,000 total teachers in the country.
“Some teachers have rejected the vaccine for medical reasons, however others reject the vaccine due to uncertainty of its efficacy and various other reasons,” Radzi said.
Every reason given will be examined closely and we request that the State Education Departments or District Education Departments meet with these teachers and explain the importance of the vaccine, as we hope to make the entire school ecosystem safe for our kids.Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin
Radzi says that 85.26% of teachers have completed their vaccinations, while 96.7% have received at least one dose.
Support staff including canteen workers, janitors and security staff are also highlighted in the vaccination efforts.
Wrapping up, Radzi said the mechanisms for teaching when schools re-open is yet to be confirmed, as various different teaching approaches have surfaced during the National Recovery Programme (NPR).
Perlis has been the first stop for Radzi’s series of engagement sessions with the teachers, with other states to follow.