This was stated on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which quoted a joint statement to AFP. Experts from the World Health Organization made such a recommendation to countries in the region as early as November 2020, even before vaccination campaigns began in individual countries. The vaccination of teachers and school staff, according to their latest statement, must be carried out at the same time as ensuring that the vaccination reaches the “vulnerable” groups of the population.
According to both the World Health Organization and UNICEF, it is very important that full-time teaching in schools after the summer holidays continues uninterrupted, despite the spread of the most contagious coronavirus in the delta. “It is essential for children’s education, mental health and social skills, as schools help our children be happy and productive members of society.” said Hans Kluge, WHO Director-General for Europe. The pandemic has caused the worst education disruption in history. added.
The World Health Organization and UNICEF have also called on countries to vaccinate children over 12 years of age who have health problems and who are at higher risk of contracting the disease in the event of Covid disease.
At the same time, they noted the importance of measures that would improve the environment in schools during the pandemic, such as providing better ventilation, creating fewer classrooms, maintaining gaps or regularly testing students and staff. In this context, AFP reports that the World Health Organization already recommended in July that testing children from “risk groups” who show symptoms of COVID-19 be a priority in schools.
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