Head of NCDC: ‘36% of Georgian teachers fully-vaccinated against Covid-19’

First grade students will start their first school year on October 4 in all cities and villages of Georgia where the Covid-19 infection rate is below 4%, the Education Ministry said on September 8. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 13 Sep 2021 - 17:44, Tbilisi,Georgia

The rate of fully-vaccinated teachers stands at 36 per cent in Georgia, Head of the National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze said today.

Gamkrelidze also noted that the highest rate of vaccination (70% of teachers) is in Tbilisi.

Unfortunately, the lowest vaccination rate is among students. The National Centre for Disease Control has calculated the vaccination rate for bachelors, masters and doctoral students (138,000 in total) and only 17 per cent of them are fully-vaccinated against Covid-19”, said Gamkrelidze.

Only distance learning is currently available in Georgian universities. The exceptions are students of medical universities. In order to attend studies in auditoriums, they must present a negative PCR test from the past seven days, Covid-19 vaccine documents or a document proving that they recovered from coronavirus in the last six months.

Amiran Gamkrelidze also said that over 80 per cent of school staff should be fully-vaccinated in the country in order for studies to be renewed in classrooms. He also noted that not only teachers but also parents of school students should be fully-vaccinated in the country, which is a guarantee of a safe learning environment.