800 Mabalacat City College students receive Covid-19 jabs
SOME 800 students from Mabalacat City College (MCC) received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction to ensure that the general population is vaccinated from October 15, with the increasing volume of vaccines available in the country.
MCC President Michelle Ong said vaccinating students is crucial because, in the midst of the pandemic, they want them to be a powerful force in economic recovery, especially because it is closest to Clark Freeport.
“The 800 vaccinated constitute the second batch. Last month, we already vaccinated 400 on-the-job student interns. We are also currently renovating our campus because we want to launch our OJT bubble for our hotel and restaurant management program. We also want to start our limited face-to-face classes in February in time for the second semester, ”she said.
Ong added that with the delivery of the vaccines from both the national government and the municipal government, they plan to vaccinate the rest of the 3,850 students this month.
The doors to MCC are open to any local college in Pampanga and even the Ministry of Education, she said, if they ever get a signal to do their vaccination since MCC already has a system in place. .
The President of the Higher Education Commission (Ched) J. Prospero De Vera III, for his part, said that the vaccination of eligible students is important because the government wants to slowly open schools to a combination of online courses, offline and face-to-face (F2F) Classes.
He said that when there is a high level of immunization, the assurance of an extra level of safety is there so that “we can now start to reopen our schools slowly”.
He said this could only be done successfully if the level of safety for everyone in schools was increased among teachers, staff and students.
“This is the first step in the caravan we are leading to offer vaccination to students and we are happy that local governments and universities are on board as we can only successfully vaccinate them if the local government helps and if the schools also help bring students in for vaccination. We want to vaccinate everyone because it’s the right way to do things for us as a country to deal with the pandemic, ”he added.
He said schools need to be revived because they are part of the economic structure of local governments.
“The school has ancillary services, such as food and transportation, and thrives thanks to the many businesses that surround it. When we open them slowly, we also open businesses related to schools, ”said De Vera.