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The Department of Education urges parents to have their children vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Antique Department of Education (DepEd) is asking parents to get their children aged 5 to 11 years old vaccinated against the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19).

In an interview on Wednesday, Antique Schools Division Superintendent Felisa Beriong said, “The DepEd Antique cannot mandate school children to obtain their Covid-19 immunization, but we can strongly suggest it.”

While the immunization for the said age range will begin only in Metro Manila on February 4, Beriong added that as part of their preparations, they are already communicating with the Parent Teachers Association (PTA).

She claims that vaccinating their children who are eligible will provide them with protection. Children in this age range will receive the Pfizer vaccination.

Antique has 11, 675 kindergarten students and 76,970 elementary students, according to data from the division.

According to the DepEd Region 6 (Western Visayas) Vaccination Status Report as of January 26, 6,072 minors aged 12 to 17 years old had been vaccinated in the province, according to Evelyn Remo, DepEd Antique Director for School Governance and Administration.

“There were 1,455 people who received their first dose and 4,617 people who received their second dose,” she explained.

Since 50,000 children aged 12 to 17 are enrolled in the province for the school year 2021-2022, Remo estimates that 43,928 have not yet been vaccinated.

Teachers who have not yet been vaccinated “should not report to their schools unless they have their reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (Rt-PCR) negative result to display,” according to Beriong.

Unvaccinated teachers are monitoring their students’ modules from home.

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