June 14, 2021 – As the government starts the inoculation of economic frontliners, including teachers and non-teaching personnel, the Department of Education (DepEd) welcomes various global developments and insights on the vaccination of minors against COVID-19.

Nonetheless, DepEd will discuss these developments with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) and the Department of Health (DOH) and defer to their decision regarding the matter.

As of now, the Department is focused on supporting the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan (NDVP) and encouraging our teachers and personnel to get vaccinated in preparation for the eventual implementation of limited face-to-face classes in low-risk areas.

Should the President and the IATF allow limited face-to-face classes based on the gains of our COVID-19 mitigation efforts, DepEd shall still employ stringent conditions and safety protocols in our field offices and schools that will participate in the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes.

As the Department looks forward to return to the “new normal”. We urge everyone to continue cooperating with the government’s vaccination and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts for the protection of our children, families, and communities.