The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) targets to vaccinate all tertiary students against COVID-19, regardless of their degree programs.
In a ceremonial vaccination of college students in Quezon City on October 29, CHED Chairman Popoy De Vera said that the commission wants to vaccinate every tertiary student.
“Our target is 100 percent, all students should be vaccinated,” De Vera said.
Schools have been prioritizing students in the degree programs that have been allowed to hold limited face-to-face classes, including the programs Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, Engineering and Technology, hospitalist/Hotel and Restaurant Management, Tourism/Travel Management, Marine Engineering, and Marine Transportation.
CHED welcomed this strategy but would like to push further and vaccinate all college students regardless of prioritization.
“Mas maganda, lahat ng estudyante, mabakunahan,” De Vera said.
He added, “Wala nang by degree programs, lahat na. Bakunahan na lahat ng estudyante.”
De Vera voiced his optimism that more students will be vaccinated as CHED is set to release a new set of guidelines allowing fourth year Nursing and Medicine students and new graduates to act as vaccinators.
Article by: Amiel Jansen Demetrial