The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has ordered all teachers to receive the Covid 19 jab or face disciplinary action. Consequently, all teachers are expected to urgently receive two doses of the Covid 19 vaccine.
“Following the upsurge currently being witnessed in the (Covid 19) positivity rate and increasing numbers of Covid 19 infections across the country, it is imperative that you mop up teachers and officers under your respective jurisdiction to get vaccinated,” TSC Boss, Dr. Nancy Macharia, says in a memo addressed to all TSC Regional, County, Sub County Directors, Curriculum Support Officers and Heads of Institutions.
The government has observed that most public servants; including teachers, have deliberately avoided getting vaccinated. The government now says disciplinary action will be taken against the defiant public servants and teachers.
Teachers who will fail to heed to the TSC directive would be guilty of committing a punishable offence referred to as insubordination. This is as a result of failure to obey official/instructions from supervisors e.g. Commission Secretary, Heads of Institution, County Directors and Sub-County Directors.
Consequently, the Commission has threatened to interdict teachers who would have failed to be vaccinated by elapse of the given deadline.
Dr. Macharia assures teachers that the quickest way for life to return to normal is for most people to get vaccinated.
“We are here therefore to urge all our teachers who got the first dose to take advantage of the ongoing second dose vaccination campaign to gain full immunization.” She says.
According to TSC, as of last Saturday, August 14th 2021, a total of teachers have been vaccinated with the first dose, while 110,342 have received the full dose.
“However, given that we target to vaccinate all the 330,671 teachers on TSC payroll and thousands teaching in private schools, the number so far vaccinated is still not impressive.” Says Dr. Macharia.
It remains to be seen if teachers will heed this latest directive and receive the vaccine.