Radzi: 90.5% of teachers have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccine as of Sept 20

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has revealed that a total of 90.5% of teachers nationwide have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Sept 20, this year.

Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin told the Dewan Rakyat the ministry would cooperate closely with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) to ensure that the vaccination rate among teachers, AKP and supporting services staff would continue.

This, he explained, was to create an ecosystem where they along with students were fully vaccinated.

"Meanwhile, 7.2% teachers, 11.4% of the AKP and 15.1% supporting services staff are still waiting for their second dose of Covid-19 vaccine," he said while delivering his closing speech for his ministry on the motion of thanks to the Royal Address on Wednesday (Sept 22).

Radzi said that any teachers who have yet to or did not receive their vaccination would not be allowed to do the in-situ teaching.

According to him, a total of 2,100 teachers refused to be vaccinated.

"Regarding the action on these teachers, the Ministry has discussed the situation with the Public Service Department and they will bring the matter to the National Security Council for the next course of action," said Radzi.

RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) stood up to interject, asking whether the ministry could give a guarantee not to take drastic action against teachers who refused to take the vaccine due to religious or health reasons.

On the action, Radzi explained that teachers were part of the civil service and the Education Ministry would follow the orders from the Public Service Department (JPA) on this matter.

On the question whether unvaccinated teachers would have less work since they did not have to do face-to-face teaching and learning sessions, Dr Radzi said other tasks would be delegated to them based on the current needs of the school.

"From the total of 2,100 who refused to be vaccinated, they have different situations in each school.

Some schools do not face this problem as all of the teachers are fully vaccinated,” he said.

"For others, there are three teachers in the subject, for instance (that do not want to be vaccinated).

So we will look on a case-to-case basis on what is the best approach," added Radzi.

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