Lawmaker says vaccine pass rule should be extended to cover students

Lawmaker Stanley Li Sai-wing said on Tuesday that the SAR government should expand the vaccination pass arrangement to cover kindergarten, primary and secondary school students to increase the city’s shot rate. .

His comments came as authorities earlier announced that kindergartens, primary schools and international schools will resume face-to-face classes as early as April 19, while secondary schools will do so after candidates for the Hong Kong Secondary Education Diploma examinations will have been completed. tests for their core subjects from April 22.

Li said in order to better protect the welfare of teachers and students, the government should expand the vaccination pass arrangement to cover students in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools.

He noted that before resuming in-person classes, authorities should put in place a better health protocol to prevent outbreaks in schools, which could be similar to those in care homes across the city.

He also suggested that the Office of Education update its health protection measures for schools from time to time, allowing teaching staff to develop risk management plans to prepare before the resumption of the pandemic. ‘school.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong also called on authorities to resume face-to-face classes in phases.

He said authorities should first allow schools to deliver lessons online before gradually allowing students to return to schools for a full-scale school resumption.

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