ONCE the face-to-face classes will resume in 2022, all teachers should be vaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

This was reiterated by Bacolod City Councilor Renecito Novero, chairperson of the City Council committee on education Friday, November 19 after the Department of Education (DepEd) already started the pilot run of face-to-face classes in several areas in the country.

Novero said the face-to-face classes may resume in 2022 because of the continuous improvement of the Covid-19 situation in many areas in the Philippines, including in Bacolod City.

He said more than 1, 000 teachers are still unvaccinated in Bacolod and he is now coordinating with DepEd to update their status.

Novero noted that during their meeting with DepEd officials, it was already explained to the teachers the benefits and disadvantages of the Covid-19 vaccines.

“Our teachers should serve as good examples to our students and parents so they should not refuse to avail the Covid-19 vaccines,” Novero said.

He said they are hopeful that all teachers and children aged 12 to 17 will avail themselves of Covid-19 vaccines because it is part of their preparation for the face-to-face classes.

“Especially that we are going near to the face-to-face classes, a move toward normalcy, therefore, vaccination becomes essential,” he added.

Believing that distance learning education does not work for Filipino schoolchildren, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is pushing for full face-to-face classes in the country to resume in January 2022.

Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Committee on Basic Education, earlier said students are not learning well under the distancing learning modality that had been implemented amid the prevailing threat of Covid-19.