DepEd joins campaign on COVID-19 vaccine info drive

DepEd joins campaign on COVID-19 vaccine info drive

Edusentro | DepEd joins campaign on COVID-19 vaccine info drive | March 2, 2021 – To keep its stakeholders accurately informed on the COVID-19 vaccine, the  Department of Education (DepEd) has participated in the launch of the vaccine education campaign dubbed “Ugnayang Pang-paaralan tungkol sa Pagbabakuna para sa Kalusugan ng  Bayan.” 

In partnership with UNILAB’s AKAP Guro CONNECTed program, the campaign is organized  by the government’s Vaccine Cluster – Task Group on Demand Generation and  Communications to inform the general public about the national vaccine deployment plan. 

During the campaign’s launch, Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones encouraged everyone to  keep themselves informed on the COVID-19 vaccine and the government’s vaccination  program. 

“I enjoin everyone to continue to advocate truth, believe in science, and foster critical thinking  as we all take part in the government’s COVID-19 vaccination plan through our respective  roles and jobs,” Secretary Briones said during the program. 

“Vaccination works, not because it is someone’s opinion or because it is the sentiment of the  majority, [but] vaccination works because it is the result of decades and even centuries of  scientific endeavor, of studying, of further learning, of education,” she added. 

In the program, Department of Science and Technology Vaccine Expert Panel Chair for  COVID-19 Dr. Nina Gloriani was invited to discuss the vital processes of vaccine used to  assure its safety, efficacy, and quality. 

“Ang importante pong maintindihan sa mga side effects and adverse effects na ito, is to  determine causality… All together, the benefits must outweigh the risks or the side effects,”  Dr. Gloriani shared. 

Meanwhile, a local government unit (LGU) was also invited to show how the National Vaccine  Deployment Plan (NVDP) is operationalized at the local level. 

The DepEd Task Force COVID-19 (DTFC) also took the launch as an opportunity to gather  initial feedback from field personnel as to how the NVDP can be best operationalized in the  Department. 

In his message read by Bureau of Learner Support Services OIC Director Lope Santos III,  DTFC Chairperson Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua said that the guidelines that will soon be  issued by the DepEd will address the questions that the field personnel may have about their  role in the vaccination program. 

Three-week webinar series

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In informing the general public about the NVDP, the campaign will conduct a series of  webinars that targets educating school heads and teachers from all over the country and providing them a venue to seek answers from the experts regarding their questions about  COVID-19 vaccine and the government’s vaccination program. 

DepEd Regional Directors and School Division Superintendents were specifically invited to be  present during the launch as they will be leading the dissemination of information to all  concerned regional and division personnel, school heads, and teachers in their respective  regions and divisions to ensure active participation in the campaign. 

The webinar series will be available via Facebook live every Saturday from February 27 to  March 13, 2021 on the pages of AKAP Guro Connected  (https://www.facebook.com/akapguroconnected) and DepEd Philippines  (https://www.facebook.com/DepartmentOfEducation.PH). 

PR-2021-036 

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About the Department of Education 

The Department of Education (DepEd) formulates, implements, and coordinates policies,  plans, programs, and projects in the areas of formal and non-formal basic education. It  supervises all elementary and secondary education institutions, including alternative learning  systems, both public and private; and provides for the establishment and maintenance of a  complete, adequate, and integrated system of basic education relevant to the goals of national  development.