There are still 26 teachers out of the 4,710 teachers in the state who are refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, said Perlis state executive councillor in charge of education, Rozieana Ahmad.
She said they are being persuaded to get vaccinated before school reopens.
“We need to coax them to ensure school runs smoothly and the safety of students, particularly,” she told reporters at the Perlis State Assembly Complex today where the august house is sitting.
The Pauh assemblywoman (BN) said school staffers need to get vaccinated but the 26 teachers are still not ready due to some reasons like a chronic illness.
“I’m appealing to them to consider the students rather than themselves to prevent the children from falling behind,” she said.
Perlis has the highest infectivity rate (Rt) in the country as of yesterday.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Perlis recorded an Rt value of 1.31 that was higher than the national average that stood at 1.04.
Selangor recorded an Rt value of 1.0 while Labuan reported an Rt value of zero.
Dr Noor Hisham said, the ministry also detected 38 new Covid-19, with 22 of them being workplace clusters, the remaining 14 were community clusters and another two were educational clusters.