Effects of COVID-19 Vaccines On Education

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COVID-19 has serious social and economic consequences that affect every part of the nation. However, there is plenty that can be done to mitigate the impact and position ourselves for the long run. Schools have a critical role. It is critical to realize that the overwhelming majority of governments have a constitutional duty to provide universal access to education. As a result, all states developed rules and procedures to guarantee that they are implemented and adhered to.

States across the countries have been advocating the need to have physical social distancing in schools by working together with the Ministry of Health and/or local health bodies to implement the established protocols. This includes maintaining at least 1 metre between everyone present at school. Increasing desk spacing (at least 1 metre between desks), stagger recesses/breaks and lunch breaks (if difficult, one alternative is to have lunch at desks). Limiting mixing of classes for school and after school activities, adding more teachers if possible and implementing the use of signs, ground markings, tape, barriers.

Advocating for health and hand hygiene, and in particular ensuring that students understand the precautions they should take to protect themselves and others from COVID, placed teachers in the forefront of ensuring that students understand the precautions they should take to protect themselves and others. States have pushed for more hand-washing sinks, hand sanitizers, and soaps. This is because they believe handwashing is the simplest, most cost-effective, and most successful method of preventing pathogen transmission and keeping kids and staff healthy.

States have ramped up efforts to ensure there are enough masks and that every individual is masking responsibly. They have also implanted guidelines on how they should be disposed to avoid the risk of contaminated masks in the classrooms and playgrounds. Cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, taps, phones and toys. They have also ensured that there are clear guidelines on what should be done in cases where there are incidents of reported cases around the schools to avoid panicking and further spreading.

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