Vaccination for teachers on the way?

Lancet report suggests vaccination for teachers to be able to open up schools in July
Vaccination drive for teachers to be expected
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According to the recommendations of a Covid-19 task force team, a need for inoculation of education and school staff has been suggested for the secured opening of schools after July.

The Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Task Force said in a report, "We strongly recommend that teachers and school staff are vaccinated on a priority basis."

"We recognize that in states with high rates of infections, it will not be possible to open schools immediately, especially in the context of clusters of infections in and around hostels. However, we believe that the next two months can be used to prepare the education sector for a safe opening in July 2021 for the next academic year," it added.

The Task Force has issued a separate set of recommendations for the safe reopening of schools. "We strongly urge governments to consider the significant and potentially catastrophic losses in learning, especially for children from low-income families, that have already occurred due to extensive school closures, and to limit such instances as much as possible", it added.

On worldwide travel, it suggested an obligatory 7-day institutional isolate for all guests showing up from different nations, with an RT-PCR test directed on day 8, and the alternative of finishing one more week in-home disconnection if the test is negative. A nearby people group can be assembled to guarantee the adequacy of home isolates.

The team suggests no limitations on homegrown travel, either inside or between urban areas. Warnings ought to be given to advance safe practices, and testing made accessible at source and objective locales. Singular states should decide their own conventions dependent on caseloads and neighbourhood conditions.

"We recognize that seasonal migration of workers from urban areas to rural areas is about to commence with the start of the harvest season. We recommend that state governments make a special effort to support migrant labours in these journeys, equipping them with masks, options for testing and vaccination where eligible, and by setting up quarantine centres in host districts to manage the spread of the virus from cities to rural areas", it added.

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