Only teachers with COVID-19 vaccination certificates will be allowed to access class today in Nabilatuk district as a means to get more teachers to take the jab and keep learners safe.
This follows a move by teachers to snub the jab, with more than half the population of teachers yet to be vaccinated.
Now, the district COVID-19 taskforce has issued strict guidelines indicating that only those who are vaccinated will be allowed to teach.
The taskforce also says the decision follows the increasing COVID-19 cases among learners, with records from the district indicating that 14 out of the 59 COVID-19 positive cases registered there are primary school children, while only 75 out of the 250 teachers in the district have taken the COVID-19 jab.
According to Milton Odongo the Nabilatuk Resident District Commissioner, who doubles as the COVID-19 Taskforce Chairperson, they have deployed police in all the schools to ensure that only teachers with COVID-19 vaccination certificates access classrooms.
He explains that health workers in the district have been given an ultimatum of one week to get the COVID-19 jab and the area cannot risk lives of residents because of irresponsible civil servants.
At least 1,070 people across the district have taken the jab using the 1,100 doses received in March. The district has also received an additional 449 doses in the second batch.