BY AISYAH AZZAHRA SUHIRI
KUCHING: Parents agreed the government’s proposal for mandatory vaccination for school teachers was essential to safeguard the wellbeing of schoolchildren.
In a poll with New Sarawak Tribune on Saturday (Sept 4), they said that it would be best to ensure teachers were vaccinated because most schoolchildren were still ineligible for vaccination.
Some pointed out that making the vaccination mandatory for teachers would make them worry less while their children were in school.
Last Friday (Sept 3) Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that he would discuss the proposal for Covid-19 vaccination to be made mandatory for teachers.
He said that the discussion must be held with the education ministry led by Senior Minister of Education, Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin, as there were legal implications on the issue.
(Information system officer)
I hope it’ll be mandatory for teachers to be vaccinated to guarantee the safety of students in school. As a parent, I’d feel better if all the teachers are vaccinated. Children under 18 are not vaccinated yet and this puts them at risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus.
All teachers should be vaccinated because it is their responsibility to ensure the well-being of students. Imagine what will happen if an unvaccinated teacher contracts the virus? It puts everyone at risk of being infected and gives a chance for the virus to spread more rampantly.
RAHMAH ENCHE YUSOP
Vaccination for teachers should be made compulsory because vaccines are proven to be effective against the Covid-19 virus. Since children below 18 have not been vaccinated, it is best to make sure they are in a safe environment for the parents’ peace of mind.
Currently, our vaccination programmes only covers those aged 18 and above. Therefore, teachers must be vaccinated to offer protection to our unvaccinated children as well as boost the confidence of parents in sending their children to the school and for their peace of mind.
All the teachers must be vaccinated. As educators, they must protect students who have yet to be vaccinated. It is their responsibility to protect the lives of students while in school.