The United Nation Children’s Fund called for teachers to be prioritized in coronavirus disease vaccinations, once frontline health personnel and high-risk populations are vaccinated.
UNICEF said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on children’s education around the globe. Vaccinating teachers is a critical step towards putting it back on track.”
At their peak in late April, nationwide school closures disrupted the learning of 90 percent of students worldwide. While that number has since dropped, there continues to be an unsupported assumption that closing schools may slow the spread of the disease, despite increasing evidence that schools are not a main driver of community transmission.
As a result, communities are again closing schools as cases are skyrocketing in many countries around the world, UNICEF said.
As of December 1, classrooms have been closed for nearly one in five schoolchildren globally – or 320 million children.