Over 92 per cent of the teaching staff in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday. In the central government institutions, over 96 per cent of teachers have been vaccinated.
According to data shared by the ministry, at least 86 per cent of non-teaching personnel of educational institutions have taken the jab.
Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday reviewed the vaccination status of teachers across the country and reopening of schools. At least 22 states and Union Territories have reopened schools for all students after a prolonged closure due to the pandemic.
"Reviewed the vaccination progress of teaching and non-teaching personnel of schools, institutions and skill centres associated with the education and skilling ecosystem,” Pradhan said in a tweet.
"With rapid vaccination at-scale in the country, we are looking at a future with restored normalcy and vibrancy in our schools and other educational and skilling institutions," he added.
The states which have reopened schools for all classes include Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan.
Six states and UTs, including Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Arunachal, Goa, and Puducherry, have reopened schools for classes nine to 12. Six states and UTs, including Ladakh, Gujarat, Punjab, Nagaland and Jharkhand, have reopened schools for students enrolled in classes six to 12.