The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Wednesday said participants of limited face-to-face classes were not subject to mandatory Covid-19 vaccination.

During the ceremonial vaccination of student-athletes at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, CHEd Chairman Prospero de Vera said students and teaching and non-teaching personnel participating in limited in-person classes were not required to be vaccinated.

“Sa ngayon, even in the second batch, hindi siya required,” de Vera said.

More than 70 percent of higher education personnel have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the resumption of in-person classes in medicine and other health-allied courses, and recently engineering and technology, hospitality, and tourism.

According to CHEd data, over 21,000 students from over 180 higher education institutions all over the country have participated in limited in-person classes.

The CHEd earlier said infection numbers among participants of limited face-to-face classes were low for both students and teachers.

De Vera earlier said areas with low Covid-19 cases and high vaccination rates could pilot expanded face-to-face classes, which would include all degree programs. John Ezekiel J. Hirro