The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has expressed concern over the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccination by tutors across the Country.
TSC chief executive officer Dr Nancy Macharia says just 178,734 teachers have received the jab out of 480, 671 teachers from public and private institutions targeted for vaccination
According to Macharia, 110,342 others have received their second dose.
Speaking when she inaugurated COVID-19 vaccination for teachers at the Nakuru Level 5 Teaching and Referral Hospital, Macharia noted that there were enough vaccines for the 330,671 teachers from public schools and 157,000 others in private schools across the country, including the support staff.
Macharia urged teachers to take the jab to curb the spread of the virus is learning institutions.
“Indeed, the vaccination exercise is more urgent now given the new Delta variant that is the most easily transmissible variant yet. We need the protection of the vaccine or we will lose many of our teachers. We note that our schools are now fully operational and with increased enrollment as we gear towards 100% transition,” She said.
Macahria said they lost 81 teachers to the virus since it was first reported in the country while 468 teachers have fully recovered from the virus.
“Our teachers have shown their resilience in bravely defying the virus and putting their lives at risk to attend to all aspects of teaching and learning. Indeed, their courage helped us to complete the 2020 calendar year. We have also taken off well for the 2021 academic calendar,” She said.
Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya, noted that teachers could be used as goodwill ambassadors to encourage the population to embrace vaccination dispelling fears over the safety of the vaccines