Teacher Unions lead in COVID 19 vaccination drive

By Regis Mhako
SCHOOL teachers across the country have been encouraged to embrace the COVID- 19 vaccination drive to counter the deadly effects of the disease and execute their duties with confidence.
Some teachers’ representatives have received their first C0VID -19 vaccination jabs in Chinhoyi, describing the move as a motivational gesture for their constituencies to embrace the opportunity to protect themselves and boost workplace confidence.
“I think this one is a good move considering that COVID -19 has killed a lot of people in Zimbabwe and I urge all our members to get vaccinated its not painful at all,” said Mr Tapera Rupende, the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) Chinhoyi province Chairperson.
“As PTUZ we are urging our members to take the Jab because prevention is better than cure,” echored Rosten Mutapwa, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe ( PTUZ ) Provincial Chairperson.
“We are encouraging our members to go for vaccination so that they can execute their duties without fear,” said Joice Musindo, the Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (TUZ) provincial manager
COVID-19 survivor and Mashonaland West Provincial Education Director, Mr Gabriel Mhuma also received his first jab together with staff from his office.
He shared some of the interventions his office had put in place to ensure protection of learners and teachers in schools.
“We ensured there is social distancing, and the check temperatures, and those schools which did not have hot sitting we encourage them to introduce hot sitting and also staggering of classes, and for teachers vaccination has started in earnest we encourage all the teachers to get vaccinated,” he said.
Zimbabwe is in its second phase of the COVID- 19 vaccination programme, which is targeting the education sector, among other community groups.