Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has expressed concern that many teachers remain unvaccinated despite a mass vaccination programme that specifically targeted them.
His comment during a post cabinet media briefing in Tobago on Thursday, comes after the Ministry of Education launched its mass vaccination drive, seeking to facilitate all teaching and non-teaching staff.
Rowley said government is working to return the nation’s children to in-person classes when the new school year begins in September, but the slow rate of vaccination among teachers was a source of concern.
He said: “I am very disappointed to hear that the arrangement made for teachers was not taken up. That has me very concerned, because I am hoping that the teachers would get vaccinated so that by the time we get around to school in September, we would not have the issue of vaccination of teachers and children…I hope that is just a temporary setback there. We would like to have as many as our teachers vaccinated as we go forward.”