Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2021. 1:43 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MECST) said this week that around 27 percent of teachers are willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine currently being rolled out by the Government of Belize, but that some others are still skeptical.
The Ministry explained that the COVID-19 Education Task Force, which was convened in February 2021, conducted a poll that garnered responses from 55 percent of the total population of teachers in Belize.
“… while many teachers still want more information on the vaccine, about half are ready to take the vaccine, and many are ready to return (to class),” the Ministry said.
BBN has reached out to the Belize National Teacher’s Union (BNTU) regarding the poll but has thus far been unsuccessful. Notably, in a live stream earlier this month, BNTU national president Elena Smith informed teachers that they can opt-out of the vaccine if they so chose, however; they must return to classes when the time comes and cannot use not being vaccinated as a reason for not doing so.
The Ministry announced tentative dates for the reopening of schools this week and stressed that reopenings will be contingent upon a school’s preparedness with regards to facilities and procedures in place to protect students and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Teachers are listed as priority group 2A in the government’s official vaccine rollout plan, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
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