Editorial: Teachers and Vaccine Western Life

Drawn by Ott Vallik.

Drawn by Ott Vallik.

While the virus invaded nursing homes during the last spring corona wave, schools have suffered the most this autumn and winter. Due to the illness of both students and teachers, schools have had to switch to homeschooling, either completely or in classes, with varying degrees of success. For example, Lihula Gymnasium is in distance learning for the third time this academic year.

When all schools stayed for a month and a half in the spring, there was a lot of talk about how learning at home affects children’s progress and education. At that time, everyone was in an equal (compulsory) state, but now they are not, because in some schools the teaching in the school building is in full swing. Which option has been better will become clear when the chicks are counted in the spring, ie from the results of the exams.

In order for schools to be able to continue their studies without interruption, the state has proposed that teachers be queued after the vaccination of doctors and residents and staff of care homes. The Ministry of Education has announced that vaccination of teachers will start on Monday.

Vaccination lists have also been compiled in general education schools in Lääne County, but school leaders do not have more precise information on who, how and when will inject teachers and other school staff.

However, the lists show that a quarter of teachers have refused the vaccine. The reason has been given for the state of health, but there are also anti-vaccination measures among teachers. As Margus Maiste, a history teacher at Noarootsi Gymnasium, said, he also thought long before he was on the list, but decided to have himself vaccinated not for himself, but for others. This is to prevent the virus from being transmitted. Perhaps teachers who refuse to be vaccinated may also think that they are responsible not only for themselves but also for others.

Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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