May 18, 2022 9:50 pm

The debate on the vaccination of minors divides the national teaching unions

Within the framework of the opening of the teacher salary negotiation, which was inaugurated with a meeting last Wednesday, the main unions at the national level agreed on the need to strengthen the training of teachers, to improve salaries, to build the collective agreement of work and to condition the schools to guarantee presence. But nevertheless, have different views on massiveness and how to ensure that the vaccination progress among children of school age.

participated in the first meeting the five teachers’ associations with national representation: the Confederation of Education Workers of the Argentine Republic (Ctera), the Argentine Union of Private Teachers (Sadop), the Association of Technical Teaching Teachers (AMET), the Confederation of Argentine Educators ( CEA) and the Union of Argentine Teachers (UDA).

“We are very concerned about the issue of minors with comorbidities,” he said. Sonia Alesso, general secretary of Ctera in dialogue with THE NATION. “Vaccination in teachers is very advanced but not so much in school-age children,” he explained.

Although Alesso clarified that “they want to guarantee school presence” He said that we have to wait and “see what happens in these last few weeks” in relation to the progress of the inoculation program and the contagion curve.

Without speaking of obligation, he affirmed that it is necessary to “advance with vaccination”, and explained: “We base ourselves on the study of the cases of Europe and the United States, where hospitalizations of unvaccinated children increased.”

While, Sergio Romero, head of the UDA, said that the unions have to get out of the discussion about the inoculation of minors. “It would be daring to talk about vaccination”, he pointed.

“Vaccination of school-age children is necessary, but you must have the accompaniment of your pediatrician because he is the one who knows the particularity of each one of them. The final decision must be made within the family.Romero explained to THE NATION.

Sergio Romero, from UDA, maintains that it would be “bold” for teachers to give their opinion on the vaccination of childrenArchive

Regarding the salary discussion, the trade unionist indicated that they will seek to guarantee that salaries are above inflation. “Today teachers’ salaries do not reach the basic basket”he explained.

The head of Ctera, meanwhile, confirmed that at the beginning of the joint negotiation “Numbers were not discussed”, but said they are “studying the projections of inflation, which is estimated to be high”. For this, an open parity is expected, with review clauses to adjust the percentages during the year.

According to union sources, THE NATION, the agenda of negotiations He already has the next meeting fixed for next Thursday. The union representatives are expected to meet in the morning with the provincial health ministers and the head of the national portfolio, Carla Vizzotti. Starting at 2:00 p.m., they will go to the Ministry of Education, where they will talk with the Federal Council of Education, with representatives of the 24 jurisdictions and the national minister, Jaime Perczyk.

With the presence of Federal Health Council (Cofesa), the focus will be on the vaccination of minors of school age. Although teaching inoculation is equally a priority, national numbers record 87.75% completion of the vaccination scheme for the population over 18 years of age. Meanwhile, 28% of adolescents between 12 and 17 years old have not yet completed their scheme, as well as 48.5% of children between 3 and 11 years old.

There, as stipulated by Vizzoti this Friday in a virtual meeting with Cofesa, “the criteria” of the program will be defined “Safe Class”, to return to full presence.The trend is not to suspend classes or courses,” said the minister, noting: “Work is being done to promote access for girls and boys to vaccines against Covid-19 and those of the National Calendar in vacation colonies and in the start of the school year.

The proposal to impose compulsory vaccination generates conflicting opinions within the ruling party. The Minister of Health of the Nation, Carla Vizzotti, it became detached from the project presented by the national deputy Juan Carlos Alderete (Frente de Todos), in which it proposes the obligation for all people over 18 years of age and minors with comorbidities, while its peer from Health in the province of Buenos Aires, Nicholas Kreplak, spoke in favor of the measure.

“Mandatory nature is not the solution to improve coverage. In Argentina we have very high coverage and we continue to advance. A law is not necessary. We don’t think it’s time,” said Vizzotti after the presentation of the Alderete project two weeks ago.

Kreplak, in dialogue with El Destape Radio, said instead: “It is a discussion that, given the pandemic and the political and social importance it has at this time, must take place within Congress. But I believe that the conditions are given”.

Along the same lines, Kreplak’s predecessor in the province’s Ministry of Health expressed himself, Daniel Gollan. After clarifying that it is “a personal opinion”, Gollán, today a national deputy (Frente de Todos), told Radio 10: “At this point, this discussion that freedom is restricted makes no sense. I have the freedom to move as I want, but at a red light I have to brake because I can cause damage. This is exactly the same and we can apply it to 10,000 aspects of everyday life”.

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