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Khairy to discuss compulsory jabs for teachers with education ministry

He says mandating vaccinations for teachers has its own legal implications.

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A discussion on a vaccination mandate for teachers will be held with Education Minister Radzi Jidin, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said today.

He said a mandate on whether to make vaccinations compulsory for teachers had its own legal implications.

“I have to discuss with the education ministry. There are legal implications so we have to discuss with the education minister later on the sectoral mandate and whether it can be made compulsory,” he said in a special interview at his ministry today.

Earlier, Radzi said the education ministry had decided that teachers who refuse to be vaccinated would not be allowed to interact with students face-to-face when schools reopen on Oct 3, to ensure that the school ecosystem is safe for students.

He said there are 2,500 teachers who have not been vaccinated and that 96.7% have received at least one shot while 85.26% have completed both shots.

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