Vaccine will be ‘a must’
COVID-19 will be added to the Health Services Act as one of the viruses students must be vaccinated against in order to attend school.
Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw made those points while speaking during the online forum Let’s Talk: Students Of Reception, Infants A And Infants B.
“The regulations under the Health Services Act already provide that students cannot enter school unless they are vaccinated. Within the regulations, there are a series of vaccines that are identified. The COVID-19 vaccine will be added to that regulation and the amendments are certainly being made by the Ministry of Health as we speak. So eventually, you will have to have the COVID-19 vaccine, once it is available for students under 12, to return to school,” Bradshaw said.
She was responding to a question from host and educator Joy-Ann Smith, who spoke on a parent’s behalf about whether it would be mandatory for students to be vaccinated against the viral illness before returning to face-to-face classes. (TG)
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