Covid-19 vaccinations have been made necessary for educational staff in order to ensure the safe continuation of the education sector, according to a press release issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the NCOC chaired by Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar and National Coordinator Lt Gen Hamood Uz Zaman Khan with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan also in attendance through video link.
The forum directed that inoculations for educational staff be accomplished by June 10, including that walk-in vaccination had already been opened throughout the country for all teachers and school staff above 18.
The decision on mandatory inoculations was taken because the NCOC also set dates for examinations of grades 10 and 12 to be held from June 23 to July 29. The forum determined that provinces would be allowed to open staggered classes from grades 10 and 12 from May 31 for examination preparations, subject to compliance with stringent Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).