The Kenya Primary School Heads Association (Kepsha) has asked the government to give old teachers and those with underlying conditions to get priority in the Covid-19 vaccination rollout for teachers.
Led by chairman Johnson Nzioka, KEPSHA decried that the teaching profession had already lost several tutors to the disease.
“Kepsha has lost members to the coronavirus that has continued to ravage the education sector and the country at large with a massive and unprecedented impact on families,” he stated.
Kepsha now wants the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) to come up with a list of teachers in those categories who will get vaccinated.
“After these two categories of people, headteachers should be next in line because they interact with teachers and outside stakeholders such as parents and suppliers,” he continued.
The Association also wants vaccines to be administered to teachers who will manage the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination. Such teachers they said should take the job because they travel widely and interact with many people.
Nzioka also raised concerns on congestion at the containers during collection and drop off of examination adding that there is a huge risk of transmission.
The first dose of the vaccine was administered to Heath DG Dr Patrick Amoth and 9 other persons at the Kenyatta National Hospital on Friday.
The vaccination exercise is scheduled to begin in all county referral hospitals.
President Uhuru Kenyatta affirmed to the nation on Thursday that the vaccines had passed all the required tests and had the stamp of approval from medical specialists.