Just more than 30 per cent of teachers in Bulgaria have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and just more than 20 per cent have undergone the disease, Education Minister Nikolai Denkov said in a post on the ministry’s Facebook page.
Only about two per cent of pupils have been vaccinated against Covid-19, Nenkov said, on the eve of the September 15 opening of the 2021/22 school year in Bulgaria.
“We did not manage to vaccinate teachers because there is distrust in society. This is obvious to everyone. We have conducted a campaign, I myself always call on everyone to be vaccinated, but unfortunately there are people who say other things,” Denkov said.
He said that parents should persuade their children to get vaccinated because it was for their own good.
In the past few months, Bulgaria has made available Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for children aged between 12 and 17.
Last week, Denkov issued an order providing for celebrations of the beginning of the new school year to be in-person, but staggered over time to prevent crowding, and with compliance with the ministry’s guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at schools.
Separately, Sofia municipality said on September 14 that 93 per cent of teachers polled in Bulgaria’s capital city favoured classes being in-person.
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