THE Commission on Higher Education Central Visayas (Ched 7) reported on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 that more than 104,000 college students have already been vaccinated against Covid-19, or over 33 percent of the total 313,352 students in the region.
Ched 7 Director Dr. Maximo Aljibe told SunStar Cebu that they are strengthening their vaccination campaign so that higher education institutions (HEIs) can proceed with face-to-face (F2F) classes.
“There will be town hall meetings between the local government units (LGU) and HEIs to find out which areas are already prepared to conduct limited F2F,” he said.
There are already 7,670 who were vaccinated out of nearly 12,000 teaching staff, which translates to 64 percent.
For non-teaching staff, 4,268 were already vaccinated out of more than 6,000 or 71 percent.
Since September, the government has allowed limited face-to-face classes for five more college degree programs that require hands-on experience.
The programs are engineering and technology, hospitality/hotel and restaurant management, tourism/travel management, marine engineering and marine transportation.
Since January 2021, the government has allowed medical and other allied health courses to conduct limited face-to-face classes.