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Teachers given one week ultimatum to get Covid-19 vaccine

Teacher Service Commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Nancy Macharia on Monday, August 17, 2021 expressed her concern over the low uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine among teachers.

According to the TSC boss, only 33% of the teachers’ population is fully vaccinated against the deadly Covid-19 disease.

Macharia noted that teachers who will not have received their first jab by the end of the seven days will face disciplinary action.

In her statement, the TSC boss stated that the heads of education in the counties will be held responsible for the vaccination drive and will be required to give a report on the number of teacher that they  have facilitated to get the jab.

“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,” Macharia stated.

A similar ultimatum was recently served on government workers, with the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua setting August 23, 2021 as the deadline.

According to the letter seen by Pulse Live, State House raised alarm over poor vaccination numbers among the government workers.

Mr Kinyua revealed that some civil servants have been avoiding the vaccine to avoid having to report to their offices and instead work from home.

“In a recent NSAC meeting it was reported that there was a low uptake of Covid-19 vaccines among public servants especially the security sector, teachers and the core civil service. This is against a background of access to vaccines having greatly improved especially among these groups.

“It was also observed that some public servants have deliberately avoided getting vaccinated so that they can stay away from work under the guise of working from home. This has negatively affected service delivery to the public,” Kinyua’s letter read in part.

“It has, therefore, been decided that all civil servants will be prioritized in the ongoing vaccination exercise and that those who will not have been given the 1st jab by 23rd August 2021 be treated as discipline cases and appropriate action be taken against them.” the letter read.

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