CHED: No in-person classes for other courses for now due to low COVID-19 vaccination coverage among students

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) — Face-to-face classes for other courses, even in low-risk areas, remain prohibited because of low COVID-19 vaccination coverage among students in universities, Commission on Higher Education chairman Prospero de Vera said Friday.

Currently, students of medicine, allied health sciences, engineering and technology, hospitality management, hotel and restaurant management, tourism management, marine engineering, and marine transportation programs are the only ones allowed to participate in face-to-face classes.

"Pinagaaralan pa natin iyan. Nagsisimula pa nga lang tayo gumawa ng guidelines," de Vera said in a government briefing.

[Translation: We are still studying this. We just started crafting guidelines for this.]

"Hindi naman natin pwedeng gawin iyan sa ngayon dahil mababa pa ang vaccination rates ng mga estudyante," he added.

[Translation: We cannot do this yet because of low vaccination rates among students.]

Citing reports from higher education institutions, de Vera said only 27% of students are vaccinated so far. He expressed hope all students could get inoculated.

De Vera also said local governments should be consulted and the vaccination rate among the school personnel, and in the area where the educational institution is located, must be high before in-person classes for all degree programs could resume.

The CHED chief said the commission will assess by January next year if these can already be permitted.