Massachusetts Teachers Association wants state to step up COVID vaccines for educators after President Joe Biden’s directive
The Massachusetts Teachers Association continues to press the state to speed up COVID-19 educators’ vaccinations after President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he was asking everyone to prioritize vaccinations for teachers and staff school.
Biden tweeted that he was urging every state to prioritize educators with at least one shot by the end of March.
“We want every educator, school staff and educator to receive at least one injection by the end of this month,” Biden tweeted. “It’s time to think of face-to-face learning as the essential service that it is.
In Massachusetts, educators are part of Phase 2 of the immunization program, which began last month. But, educators are not yet eligible to start getting vaccinated.
“We are delighted that President Biden recognizes how important it is to vaccinate school workers so that we can protect the thousands of people who are already working in person and open more schools this spring,” said the president of the school. MTA, Merrie Najimy, in a statement. “In-person learning is by far the best way to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of our students. In Massachusetts, Senate Speaker Karen Spilka and Speaker of the House Ronald Mariano did the same. “
Spilka on Tuesday called on Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration to reserve doses of the vaccine for teachers.
“We need an aggressive vaccination program for teachers and staff, and we need it this month,” Spilka said. “As more doses of the vaccine become available to the state, I call on the governor to designate a percentage of those doses to be administered to teachers and staff in their communities. “
Baker and education officials are looking to return to traditional schooling for elementary students as early as next month. This proposed plan has been controversial among some educators because the employees are not yet vaccinated.
“Governor Charlie Baker: It’s time to jump into the program,” Najimy said. “Make school employees eligible now and approve our last mile vaccine delivery plan to get them immunized quickly in their own districts. It’s also time to vaccinate public higher education workers to give those already working in person the same protection – and for our colleges and universities to increase learning on campus. For the sake of students, educators and our communities, there is no time to waste.
Twenty-one lawmakers sent a letter last week asking the Baker administration to reserve Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine for teachers. This vaccine was approved for emergency use last week.
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