When it comes to teachers, educators and principals, tonight the data received is indicating that sixty percent of teachers have received the COVID-19 vaccine. President of the Belize National Teachers’ Union (BNTU), Senator Elena Smith explained that while the vaccinated rate is high among teachers, there are still those who are reluctant to take the jab.
Senator Elena Smith, President, BNTU: “There are some teachers as you would find in any ever other population who are not yet comfortable with going for the vaccination. I don’t believe that we have had any teacher who has said to us or who has shared that they do not believe that the virus exists or they do not believe that the vaccination system in any way, we’ve not heard that kind of comment coming from any teacher. What we’ve heard from our teachers would be things like ‘I’m still not sure that I’m ready to take it yet.’, ‘I am concerned because I have these health conditions and I don’t know how that will impact me.’ ‘I see persons who have taken the vaccine before, the effects that they have had and so I’m a bit worried because I have X,Y, and Z complications.’ Those are the kinds of comments that we hear from our teachers as it relates to reasons why some of them have not yet taken the vaccine.”