Reports of certain universities and colleges seeking to procure Covid19 vaccines for students and faculty have prompted the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to clarify that the act is not discriminatory as some have claimed.
CHEd chairman Prospero de Vera III stated that the agency will have a sit down with health care experts in order to determine the best course of action regarding the vaccination of students.
He also mentioned that some tertiary education institutions are tied to large, private companies and are thus allowed to purchase Covid19 vaccines for their constituents as they see fit.
“Please don’t worry that we are trying to discriminate against certain students or certain institutions. It is just that certain institutions want to do it earlier and this is allowed…We leave it to their negotiations with government and their procurement. We’re not involved in the procurement itself.” the CHEd official clarified in an on-air interview.
De Vera further stated that the procurement will not affect the divide between socio-economic classes and their capability to obtain vaccines as everyone will eventually receive free inoculation from the government eventually.
The news comes as CHEd recently announced the implementation of a policy that will continue the current flexible learning program in Academic Year 2021 and onwards.
This move has been drawn flak from youth organizations that have long been calling for the safe return to face-to-face classes, due to the difficulties that students, educators, and teachers have been facing since the pandemic began in March last year.
Declining mental health, inability to attend classes due to a lack of resources, and even cases of suicide have been reportedly brought on by the pressures of distanced learning.