Scattered COVID cases in Taipei and New Taipei worry many parents.
Presenter: The current situation is especially worrying to parents. Experts say parents can consider whether to request disease prevention leave for their kids and urge the government to vaccinate the younger generation as soon as possible.
This is an elementary school located in Taipei's Zhongzheng District. The school closed for one day as a preventative measure. The campus was disinfected during the morning. This measure was taken because a student at the school's affiliated kindergarten attended classes last month at the New Taipei City kindergarten where a cluster infection has occurred. Meanwhile, the parent of a student at a New Taipei City elementary school tested positive on Sept. 7. Other parents only found out in the morning that the school was closed for three days starting Sept. 7 as a preventative measure.
First Grader's Parent:” My child said it wasn't contagious, but the school didn't say it so explicitly. I only found out through the news. (Are you taking these three days off?) Yes, my wife doesn't have any leave left as she used up all her family care disease prevention leave.”
Parents were caught unprepared and had to ask for leave to take care of their children at home for three days. Although schools require students to wear masks and frequently wash their hands, cases involving students and parents continue to emerge. Taiwan can open and close schools intermittently like in other countries. The National Federation of Teachers Unions says it hopes teachers and students can get vaccinated as quickly as possible. Early education teachers were prioritized, but have been waiting for second doses since July, reducing the efficacy of their first doses.
Yang Yi-fei, Chair, Early Childhood Education Committee, NFTU:”The efficacy of the first dose is already at the end. New vaccines aren't coming into Taiwan, so each vaccinated person's ability to fight infection is gradually waning. We really hope the government can quickly purchase second doses of the Moderna vaccine so that these frontline teachers can have immunity and protect themselves and their students.”
The NFTU said as second doses are unavailable, teachers, parents, and administrators should not hesitate to stay at home if any situation arises. It also asked schools and entities to not make things difficult, as protecting oneself means protecting others.