State Says Teachers Will Be Prioritized for COVID Vaccine
Teachers will move to the top of the COVID-19 vaccine priority list beginning next month.
This week, the state announced that educators and childcare workers will join food and farm workers, first responders, and people over the age of 65 in receiving immediate vaccine prioritization. Californians of middle age are likely to follow.
The new standards take effect in mid-February and will apply to all 58 counties. This is an effort to “streamline” what has largely been a county-led process.
EdSource notes “this is the second time this month that Newsom has moved teachers higher on the state’s vaccination eligibility list in an effort to get schools reopened.” The decision comes after the superintendent for the state’s largest school district, LAUSD, said teachers will need to be vaccinated before in-person classes resume.