DepEd: Vaccination Card Not a Requirement for Face-to-face Classes

In a March 23, 2022 article published in the Philippine News Agency, Stephanie Sevillano reported that The Department of Education (DepEd) on March 23 reiterated that students are not required to have a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination card before they may join the progressive expansion of the limited face-to-face classes in the country.

According to the report, at a Facebook live stream on the above-stated date, DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones clarified students would have to bring written consent from their parents instead of a vaccination card. “It is not necessary, and we don’t want to deprive children of this opportunity, but the teachers, we prefer them to be fully vaccinated… or undergo the usual tests to make sure our children will not be exposed.”

Moreover, DepEd Assistant Secretary Malcolm Garma stressed that although they fully support pediatric vaccination, they do not want to force it on students given the limited supply of vaccines for children. Garma said, “We are campaigning, of course, but we are not insisting on it.”

Editor’s Note: DepEd so suddenly reiterating that learners, regardless of the vaccination status, can go to school, but with the office order 00-OSEC-2022–003[1]https://www.teachersclick.com/2022/02/interim-guidelines-on-expansion-of.html, released on February 2022, states “only vaccinated teachers may participate and vaccinated learners shall be preferred.” This office order was subjected to interpretations of various schools, resulting in long pediatric vaccination lines because parents want their kids to participate in the face-to-face classes.   

However, some parents asserted their rights and have filed a case against pediatric inoculation [see A Parent of Dengvaxia Victim Together with a Parent Who Formerly Covered Dengvaxia Case File TRO to Stop Pediatric Rollout of COVID Vaccines; DOH in Hot Water, Rescinds Policy to Vaccinate Children vs COVID-19 Without Parents Consent; More Parents Stepped Forward Joining Petitioners Seeking to Halt Covid-19 Inoculation of Children].

Did the vaccine-injured children being shared on social media motivate the DepEd’s tenacity for updating their policy on vaccination cards? [See Psychiatric Disorder Following Pfizer COVID Jab, Not a Rare Case, VigiAccess Has Recorded Thousands of Cases; https://www.facebook.com/chiefpersidaacosta/posts/705332113975925/; also, this is another mom’s social media account with a 5-year-old girl who is in a coma a few hours after covid jab https://www.facebook.com/rosejovelyn.calolamadora; https://rumble.com/vyfylj-17-year-old-dies-after-second-dose-of-covid19-vaccine.html.]

It’s a minor victory; however, are these officials considering being solicitous to these kids? World Health Organization (WHO) said masks do not protect from the transmission; various scientific evidence shows masks create more damage than purported benefit [see Will the real WHO please stand up?; Compulsory masking is an assault on humanity; Study shows 90% of particles can pass through cloth masks making them useless for preventing COVID transmission; Is it time for the Philippines to lift its mask mandate?; School Closures and Masking Kids are Irrational, Unscientific, and Child abuse; Mask-free, lockdown-free Sweden is close to ZERO daily COVID deaths; Meta-study shows that masks are dangerous; German Neurologist: Oxygen deprivation due to face masks cause permanent neurological damage].

Suppose DepEd has its autonomy to decide for the early learners and adolescents, why not scrutinize the effects of all these mandates on children’s development? The flip-flopping on vaccine policy for students does not remove the fact that there are already vaccine-injured, and compulsory masking is equally hazardous to health as experimental covid jabs. Isn’t DepEd a hypocrite or just employing word salad and neuro-linguistic programming?

Parents, be patient enough with your growing children and do not gamble their health for face-to-face classes. Remember, once your child suffers from adverse events, you are alone. [Watch this update from Joel Corpuz’s social media, whose 17-year-old daughter is suffering from a psychiatric disorder after Pfizer covid jab https://www.facebook.com/Joel-corpuz-100916295863583].  

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