Stakeholders of the education sector in Cameroon, have been called upon by the Minister of Public Health Manaouda Malachie, to urge teachers to get vaccinated for their safety and that of the pupils and students they teach. Dr Manaouda made the call, a few days into the current academic year which began on September 6.
The Health Minister said the vaccines available in the country presently, are meant for persons aged 18 years and above, which is the reason why teachers need to take the exercise seriously.
“We cannot be talking about the immunization of pupils or students at this moment, because the vaccines that we have are meant for persons aged 18 years and above. Now, what we suggested to the head of the ministerial department in charge of education, was to urge heads of learning institutions to encourage teachers to get vaccinated, in order not to only protect themselves but to protect these children and others” Manaouda Malachie explained.
He further indicated that following reports from their personnel in the field, everything is gradually moving in the right direction. “We will ensure that this protocol is applied by everyone” the Minister stated, mentioning that material has been made available for the fight against the COVID pandemic.
The Health Minister said he expects the heads of learning institutions concerned, to ensure that all safety measures are respected, because the material can be available, but people do not follow the guidelines.