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26 Percent Of The Year 13 Students Are Fully Vaccinated- Ministry Of Education

A meeting conducted between the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts and the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Health and Medical services yesterday, saw continued discussions on the possibility of reopening schools in a new normal, especially for the Years 12 and 13.
14 Sep 2021 14:28
26 Percent Of The Year 13 Students Are Fully Vaccinated- Ministry Of Education

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts is urging students above the age of 18 to get vaccinated.

Of the 9,115 Year 13 students, 8,349 students are over 18 years of age and the remaining 766 students are 17 years old.

Our latest data shows that 26% of students are fully vaccinated while 30% have only had their first jab. We are anticipating that more students will be fully vaccinated by the end of October. The remaining 44% of eligible students who have not received their jabs are therefore, urged to get vaccinated for their own safety.

“We intend to resume face to face classes for our Year 12 and 13 students as soon as safety protocols are in place. These protocols keep changing based on scientific research. The Ministry is working on a number of logistics that must be put in place before we can safely bring these students back to school. While we must learn from others, we must also find our own solutions suited to our local situation,” said Minister Kumar.

A meeting conducted between the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts and the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Health and Medical services yesterday, saw continued discussions on the possibility of reopening schools in a new normal, especially for the Years 12 and 13.

This new normal will include preparing schools that are poorly ventilated, training our teachers on the COVID safe protocols to operate safely, educating students on COVID-19 safety protocols and encouraging all those who are affiliated with schools, to get vaccinated.

While this is going to change how we operate within our schools, it is reassuring that we can now look forward to gradually reopening the schools particularly for our Years 12 and 13 later this year.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is planning to vaccinate students above the age of 16. This will further add to the protection of our students from the COVID-19 virus.

As custodians of children’s education, mandated under the Child Welfare Decree of 2010, the Ministry priorities the safety and welfare of its students.

When students return to school, they need to be protected and this means that along with the students and teachers, all ancillary staff, canteen operators and others who are associated with schools will also be required to be fully vaccinated.

Heads of Schools must ensure that anyone visiting schools for any reason must be fully vaccinated.

The Regional Adviser, WHO South-East Asia Regional Office, Dr. Rajesh Mehta, said that it is more likely for transmission to occur from adults to students so we must get all adults who visit schools to be vaccinated.

All transport providers and corner shops that students frequently visit should also ensure that their staff are fully vaccinated.

The safety and well-being of our students are paramount and the Ministry will continue to encourage everyone associated with schools to get fully vaccinated, not only for their safety and that of their families, but also for all children whom they will come into contact with.

This is not only the responsibility of one person or one group, but that of all Fijians.

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