ANPE Canary Islands denounces the suspension of the vaccination of staff in the islands. The union with the most representation in non-university public education in the Archipelago criticizes that the health authorities have decided not to finish immunizing teachers, despite the fact that until a few days ago it was within the priority groups in the vaccination strategy.
The union central warns that after Easter, according to the latest official data, a little more than ten thousand teachers in the Canary Islands. “We do not have an exact figure to date of how many professionals have received at least one dose, but if we take these numbers into account, about half of the teachers in the Canary Islands may still be waiting ”, he denounces Pedro Crespo, president of ANPE Canarias.
The organization understands that there may be a delay in vaccination as a consequence of the difficulties caused by the adjustment by age ranges of each type of vaccine, but it does not understand why it has chosen not to continue with the teaching group. In addition, he criticizes the lack of communication and transparency on the part of health and educational authorities towards teachers.
“Teachers were considered an essential group at all times. Currently, the management teams and the rest of the staff are doing a commendable job to prevent infections from occurring in the centers as much as possible. But we must remember that teachers are in contact every day with a large number of people, between students and other colleagues. In Infant and Primary, in addition, without a mask, because they have opted for bubble groups. We have respected health criteria at all times because we are not experts in the field, but we are missing a bit of empathy and communication ”, laments Crespo.
It started in March
The Ministry of Health began on March 4, the vaccination against Covid-19 of personnel working in educational centers of the Archipelago with the inoculation of the first doses of the vaccine to Group 6b, that is, to teaching and non-teaching staff of Special Education and Childish.
The immunization of these teachers and the rest of the professionals who are in contact with students and who are active began at the General Hospital of La Palma in the afternoon with the aim of not altering the normal functioning of schools and in accordance to the coordination criteria established with the Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands.
The vaccination began on March 5 in El Hierro, La Gomera, and Lanzarote, with the forecast that over the weekend a hundred workers of the island’s educational centers would be vaccinated, with the indicated teachings, during the days of Saturday and Sunday; and a week later it started in Tenerife and Gran Canaria. The problems in the AstraZeneca vaccine and the change in the age group, have paralyzed these plans, without being notified of the new guidelines that will be carried out among the teaching staff.