NOPSSCEA asks to be included among vaccine priority groups

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Despite the national government policy of giving frontliners and senior citizens the anti-COVID-19 vaccine ahead of other sectors, private schools in Negros Occidental are stepping up their lobby efforts that their students and teachers, too, be among the priority groups to be inoculated once it is available.

The officers of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural, Educational and Athletic Association renewed their willingness to be one of the first sectors to undergo vaccination for COVID-19.

NOPSSCEA president Mark Molina, second from right, with Bro. Kenneth Martinez, president and chancellor of the University of St. La Salle, left, meet with Mayor Evelio Leonardia and other city officials to discuss signify the willingness of the private schools to be among the first sectors to undergo vaccination for COVID-19. | PIO Photo

NOPSSCEA President Mark Molina of STI WNU and University of St. La Salle President Bro. Joaquin Severino Martinez, FSC, met with Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Emergency Operations Task Force Head Em Ang on Jan. 28 to present the position of private schools for inclusion in the priority list for vaccination.

The academe believes that through the vaccine, they aim to “restore vitality in their schools and ensure their viability during these challenging times”, they told city officials.

Martinez, supported by other leaders of private higher education institutions, submitted a position letter to Leonardia.

Molina said that the management of the private schools expressed support and have volunteered their facilities for government’s use in the implementation of the vaccination program. – MML