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Mar 25, 2021

It is NOT Mandatory That Teachers Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Dian Maheia

Phase two of the COVID vaccination rollout is currently underway where teachers are now allowed to get their jabs as an added protection against the deadly virus.  Like some frontline healthcare workers, there are a number of teachers who are not willing to get take vaccine.  During our one-on-one interview with C.E.O. Dian Maheia of the Ministry of Education, she said that it is not mandatory for teachers to be vaccinated.


Dian Maheia, C.E.O., Ministry of Education

“Vaccination is not mandatory so we cannot force any teacher to get vaccinated. We strongly encourage, we’re recommending. It was an effort. We had to lobby really hard to try to make sure that the teachers would be moved up in the phases so that they would be able to get the vaccines. That was part of trying to make sure that all the conditions would be in place for us to begin to return to school. But the return to school is not conditional based on whether or not a teacher has received a vaccination.”

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