KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 97.5% of teachers in Malaysia have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of Oct 31, the Dewan Rakyat was told Wednesday (Nov 24).

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon also said 99.04% of teachers had received at least one dose of a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine.

“On the action to be taken against teachers who refuse (to take the vaccine), it is based on the instructions that will be issued by the Public Services Department,” he said, replying to a supplementary question from Wong Ling Biu (PH-Sarikei).

Replying to a question from Dr Maszlee Malik (Ind-Simpang Renggam) on viral videos allegedly showing unvaccinated teachers being placed in a small room next to a toilet and a store, Mah said any party with information on the matter could channel it to Education Ministry (MOE) for further investigation and action.

“The MOE always gives priority to the welfare of teachers and students as well as all education staff,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mah said the transfer of 1,023 teachers from the peninsula to Sarawak had been approved from 2017 to 2021.

“The MOE has set three basic principles for transfers, namely vacancies, option requirements as well as the importance and need for services.

“In this case, the application for transfer can be made based on several categories, namely health, safety and others,” he said. – Bernama

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