Monday, February 6

Union: Some teachers in S’wak delaying vaccination due to pregnancy, breastfeeding


Adam Prakash Abdullah

KUCHING (June 24): Some teachers in Sarawak are delaying getting vaccinated against Covid-19 due to pregnancy or breastfeeding newborns, said the Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU).

STU president Adam Prakash Abdullah said these teachers had requested for time before getting the vaccination.

He said the union has not received any official report of teachers blatantly rejecting Covid-19 immunisation.

“Some teachers are also having other problems like allergies to some medication, having health issues, and that could make up the numbers,” he said when commenting on claims some teachers, especially in rural areas, had been rejecting vaccination.

“Teachers are human too and they do not deserve to be reported as refusing the vaccination.”

Adam called on the authorities to report facts and actual data if deemed necessary to do so.

He also said teachers should be leading by example.

“Teachers are role models of society so I urge all teachers to get vaccinated,” he said.

He said STU also urged teachers to take the lead to help promote the importance of vaccination to the community.

“We must fight this pandemic together so that children can come back to schools again,” he stressed.

During a Facebook live session recently, Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee coordinator Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Dr Annuar Rapaee had said 150 teachers in Sibu were reportedly putting students at risk when school reopens by rejecting Covid-19 vaccination.