The Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) has given teachers countrywide seven days to get a COVID-19 jab or risk facing disciplinary action.
TSC has now warned that more than 200,000 teachers risk missing out on their August salaries for failing to take the Covid-19 jab.
TSC expressed dismay by the low uptake of the vaccine by teachers despite being accorded the priority as frontline workers. Only 33 per cent of teachers’ population have been fully vaccinated.
TSC intends to upscale the number of vaccinated teachers in seven days to beat the August 23 deadline even as the country expects more COVID-19 vaccine doses into the country.
Hospitals and dispensaries countrywide have been abuzz with activity as teachers and civil servants lined up to get a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This with seven days remaining until the expiry of the ultimatum issued by the Head of Public Service, where all public servants who would not have taken the jab by August 23 would face disciplinary action.
“We will be asking from our county directors and regional directors the number of teachers they have facilitated to get the vaccination and how many teachers are not vaccinated and for whatever reasons because MoH has assured us that there are enough vaccines,” said TSC CEO Nancy Macharia.
According to the commission, 110,432 teachers have been fully vaccinated so far, against the target of 330,671 in the TSC payroll and about 150,000 others in private schools.
Since the onset of the pandemic, 549 teachers have contracted COVID-19 with 81 fatalities recorded. KUPPET has however blamed the low uptake of vaccines among teachers on the timing of the vaccination schedule.
“Once again I am making a rallying call to all teachers; “Beat Covid-19 by Getting a Jab!” …. and I want to assure teachers that the quickest way for life to return to normal is for most people to get vaccinated,” said Macharia.