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Education Ministry intensifying efforts to get teachers vaccinated

Fayval Williams
 
The Ministry of Education is set to intensify efforts to get teachers vaccinated ahead of the new academic year, which begins in September.
 
Speaking during a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) forum Wednesday evening, Education Minister Fayval Williams, said about 8,000 of a total of about 25,000 teachers have so far received a first dose of the vaccine.
 
Of that number, about 4,000 are fully vaccinated.
 
She said, as the ministry prepares for a possible return to face-to-face classes, it will be seeking to get more teachers on board with vaccination.
 
"We've had town hall meeting where we brought health professionals to speak...and just allow the teachers to ask whatever questions they want to and we've found that that has helped and we're gonna have more of that to give teachers the information, allow them to ask questions and get over whatever hesitancy they may have for schools 'cause we would love for them to be back in school," she declared.  
 
On Monday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness suggested the government would give preferential treatment to teachers who are vaccinated.
 
He hinted this could mean differing remuneration packages based on a teacher's vaccination status.  
 


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