BENGALURU: After corporates, several private schools in the city have offered to pay for the vaccination of all their teachers and other staff. Schools have been requesting the government to consider teachers as frontline workers and give them priority in vaccination. As the government is yet to take a decision, they have taken the lead in covering the cost of doses for the staff.
“Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on students and teachers. The government should consider teachers as frontline workers. Ideally, they should have been given priority vaccination. We will take care of the expense to get our teachers and other employees vaccinated, when they become eligible for the jab as per the norms,” said Jyothis Mathew, head of Treamis World School.
Inventure Academy founder Nooraine Fazal believes this is a great way to express gratitude to teachers. “Educators have been the unsung heroes of this pandemic. They have demonstrated grit, adaptability and compassion. Inventure contributing to vaccines is a way of saying thank you,” she said. “It’s critical to get all children and teachers back on campus as soon as possible. The government should prioritise jabs for teachers to enable this.”
Schools are also extending support to their non-teaching employees. “We have already informed the members that we will reimburse all support staff for vaccination,” said M Srinivasan of GEAR Innovative International.
Orchids – The International School, which has around 40 campuses in the country, said that if any staffer suffered side effects, the management would pay for the necessary assistance. “While there is strong evidence to suggest that vaccination is the best way to protect oneself from Covid-19, Orchids International will let staff members decide if they wish to be vaccinated,” the school said, adding that it would cover the entire inoculation cost, including travel, for its 4,000 employees.
Many schools have started sending teachers who are eligible for the jabs. “Twelve teachers from our school have taken the first dose,” said Savitha Gopi, principal of Silver Spring International School, Hesarghatta.