Some teacher unions in Ghana are urging their members to assist the government in the advocacy to get all citizens to accept the administration of the COVID-19 vaccines.
In view of this, they are advising their members [teachers] to take their shot in the ongoing national vaccination exercise.
Leaders of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have come to a consensus that, one of the surest ways of ensuring a safe teaching and learning environment amid the coronavirus pandemic is that all teachers should allow themselves to be vaccinated in the ongoing exercise.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his 24th address to the nation amid the coronavirus outbreak placed teachers together with some security professionals in the second batch of the ongoing vaccination process.
And for that he said; “We are frontline workers as teachers. We meet children daily and our condition in the classroom has an effect on them. So if a teacher has it, he or she can infect about 30 to 60 students being taught in the class. So I want to encourage every teacher to go and have the vaccination done, so we can protect ourselves, the children and the future of this country.”
The President of the University of Ghana chapter of UTAG, Dr. Samuel Nkumbaan also said: “Colleagues, I think it is important that we protect ourselves against the virus. So we want to encourage our members to take the vaccines whenever they are made available, so we can at least protect not just only our lives but the lives of our students and family members”.
The vaccination exercise which started last Monday with the President taking the first shot is being carried out in order of urgency.
Health workers, people with known underlying health conditions and security personnel are being covered under the first phase of the exercise.
The second phase also involves the three arms of government, other essential service providers, people above 60 years, the media, second cycle and tertiary students and teachers.
Phase three includes other members of the citizenry, except children under 16 and pregnant women.
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