Vaccinate Heads First When Teachers’ Turn Arrives: KEPSHA Proposes
Kenya primary school heads association, KEPSHA, has proposed a Covid-19 vaccination plan to be implemented by the health ministry when teachers’ turn comes for the injection.
This is after it emerged that teachers are among the frontline workers lined up for the Covid-19 vaccination.
KEPSHA Chairman Johnson Nzioka proposed that first priority be given to old teachers and those with underlying conditions be given.
“KEPSHA has lost members to the coronavirus that has continued to ravage the education sector and the country at large with a massive and unprecedented impact on families,” he said. He requested TSC to provide a list of teachers who are at high-risk.
Nzioka stressed that the more than 30,000 managers should come first since most of them are at high risk too. According to him, the heads interact with teachers and outside stakeholders such as parents, suppliers and random members of the school community.
“But this should only be adopted if they may not have enough vaccines for the 350,000 teachers. A phased approach would be effective with proper mapping out of high risk staff,” Nzioka added.
He said head teachers, who will also be center managers during the administration of the forthcoming Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams, should be vaccinated ahead of time.
“The congestion that occurs at the containers during collection and drop-off of examination materials poses a high infection risk for teachers and the vaccine will help build teachers’ confidence,” said the KEPSHA boss.
He said during administration of the examinations, head teachers will also interact with drivers, security officers and colleagues from various schools.
“This alone puts us in the frontline and we appeal that the vaccination is taken seriously before the start of the national examinations,” said Nzioka.