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85% of Teachers Must Be Fully Vaccinated Before Thailand Schools Reopen – Education Ministry

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Eight-five percent of teachers must be vaccinated and both online and in-person classes be available for schools to reopen in November, under revised guidelines released Wednesday by the Education Ministry.

No school will be able to open classroom doors until 85 percent of the faculty is fully vaccinated and, when students arrive, classrooms will be limited to 25 students spaced 1.5 meters apart.

Education Permanent Secretary Supat Champathong advised both parents and students to get inoculated against Covid-19 before the new semester begins in November.

The ministry has been preparing for the vaccination of millions of students ages 12-18 in the next few weeks.  Jabs begin Oct. 4 with second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine administered 21 days later.

Schools have been closed since the first semester of the 2021 academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While online learning has been offered, parents and educators have blasted Thailand’s reliance on it as teachers have been untrained and unprepared, students have gone missing or inattentive and low-income and rurual families don’t have the computers, mobile devices and internet connections to take advantage of it.