Capitol turns over 10,000 antigen test kits for unvaxxed teachers

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AROUND 10,000 antigen test kits were turned over by the Cebu Provincial Government to the Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd 7) for teachers who have not yet been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as the start of face-to-face classes nears, Capitol’s media arm, Sugbo News, announced.

The antigen test kits were donated to the Capitol by private firm Limdaqui Trading Inc.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia thanked Limdaqui Trading for the donation that can be used by unvaccinated teachers in the province who will be required to report to school when face-to-face classes in public elementary and high schools for the next school year start on Aug. 22.

Garcia said the teachers had worried about having to spend for their own Covid-19 tests to enter their school premises, as mandated by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases guidelines.

“You (teachers) will be given priority. You will be able to take the antigen test for free,” the governor said on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Garcia had earlier issued a memorandum ordering all local government units under the province not to make the Covid-19 vaccination card a mandatory requirement for educational, employment and other government transactions.

Garcia labeled the mandatory Covid-19 vaccination anti-poor, as she believes vaccination should be a personal choice.

The IATF requires unvaccinated teachers to submit negative results of an antigen test or a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test every two weeks in order to join school activities in person.

As of June 2, about three percent or over 3,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel in public schools in the region were still unvaccinated against the virus.

DepEd 7 Director Dr. Salustiano Jimenez Jimenez said about 1,000 of them were public school teachers. (TPT)

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