/ 22 September 2021

THE COMMISSION on Higher Education has reached herd immunity as all its offices nationwide achieved the required vaccination level to protect their employees against Covid19.

A total of 1,198 out of 1,280 (93 percent) CHED education frontliners have been fully vaccinated.

“We thank the Inter-Agency Task Force for upgrading the classification of education frontliners to A4, the Department of Health, and the local government units where CHED offices are located for the well-organized, orderly, fast and efficient vaccination process. We thank Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte for helping us set up vaccination in the CHED Central Office to ensure efficiency and responsiveness to our employee needs. Some of our very own CHED officials and staff helped in administering the Covid19 vaccines,” CHED Chairman Prospero De Vera III said.

“We also thank Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro for the partnership that allows our employees to be tested in their facilities. The efficiency of Marikina City is truly commendable, and I say this both as CHED Chairman and IATF overseer on Marikina City,” De Vera added.

The agency said CHED officials and employees are confident on the delivery of essential education services amid the pandemic.

Employees who have yet to get jabs are waiting for their schedule in their respective local government units.

“There appears to be no vaccine hesitancy among CHED employees. We thank our LGUs for recognizing the critical role played by frontline workers and their full support to include our employees in  their vaccine roll out,” De Vera said.

“The best way to curb the spread of Covid19 is to get vaccinated. The need to be vaccinated is to protect the basic interest of the right to life,” he added.