Nearly 75 per cent of students have already returned to school since the start of the academic year, up from 50 per cent in September 2020.
If the Food and Drug Administration continues on its current path, a COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 probably won’t be available until early 2022 — an eternity in this pandemic. Kids infected by the highly contagious delta variant have overwhelmed
"Based on the reduced level of COVID disease spread and the launch of the school vaccination programme, it has been decided in today’s NCOC meeting to allow all educational institutions to start normal classes from 11th October,” Umar said on Twitter.
The education minister said if any teachers are found unvaccinated after that date, the authorities will close the school where they teach. Rass warned that we will also take disciplinary action after finding out that any staff member is not vaccinated.
National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief and Federal Minister Asad Umar announced that educational institutions in five districts of Punjab and one distinct in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will reopen from Sept.16.
Lengthy pandemic school closures have cost students trillions of dollars in lifetime earnings, the World Bank and UN agencies said on Monday, warning that the crisis has worsened since last year.
Prof. Sarah Gilbert, one of the scientists behind the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, is warning that the next pandemic may more contagious and more lethal unless more money is devoted to research and preparations to fight emerging viral threats.
According to the Health Ministry, all students at various stages are required to obtain a negative test result of no more than 96 hours when they start studying in educational facilities, at the beginning of the new year and semester.
"Aside from being safe and also getting vaccinated, the kids can also enjoy the outdoors, the scenery, and the animals that are here inside," said Joyce Pablo, mother of one of the children being inoculated.