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Many teachers say getting vaccinated is important to create safe school environment Updated: 2021-05-15 09:06:40 KST

For over a year, South Korean schools have been holding in-person classes at limited capacity combining them with online learning.
But there are some schools which need to hold classes face-to-face such as vocational schools which teach a variety of technical courses.

"We have classes like 'machine operation and mechanics,' and 'biochemical engineering.' Vocational schools like ours can operate more smoothly if we hold in-person classes. We are partially offering online lessons, but it would be better to do them face-to-face if the COVID-19 situation improves."

The country is planning to resume full in-person classes next semester and many teachers say that getting vaccinated is important to create a safe school environment.

"I'll get vaccinated so that I can teach students face-to-face. I think other teachers will consider getting theirs too because they know the importance of in-person classes."

"Any injection or medical treatment have some side-effect, but the positive effect is much better than the negative, so I'm ready to get the vaccination."

School nurses and special educational needs teachers nationwide started getting inoculated in mid-April.
And daycare center, kindergarten and first and second grade elementary teachers are scheduled to be vaccinated in June followed by high school seniors and their teachers from July to August.
In the meantime, some students say that teachers and seniors should get their shots as soon as possible.

"I'd like to be vaccinated quickly. I'm not going to refuse, I'll feel relieved after getting inoculated."

But, to be able to return to in-person learning, the nation first needs to establish herd immunity through vaccinations.
Jang Tae-hyun, Arirang News.
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