With the Biden White House wanting kids back in school and with the CDC saying that three feet of social distancing is just as good as six feet if students are wearing masks, the next logical step for full classrooms would be to make sure teachers have received a COVID vaccine. The latest report from the CDC shows that the percentage of teachers who have gotten the COVID vaccine is close to 80%.
According to the CDC, “nearly 80%” of pre-K-12 teachers, school staff, and other childcare workers had gotten at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by the end of March.
Said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky: “Our push to ensure that teachers, school staff, and childcare workers were vaccinated during March has paid off and paved the way for safer in-person learning. CDC will build on the success of this program and work with our partners to continue expanding our vaccination efforts, as we work to ensure confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.”
The CDC conducted a survey of pre-K-12 teachers, and it received more than 50,000 responses. The CDC wrote, “More than 2 million teachers, school staff, and childcare workers were vaccinated through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program during the month of March. Additionally, 5-6 million were vaccinated through their state programs through the end of March.”
In February, a National Education Survey showed that a large percentage of teachers would be comfortable returning to the in-person classroom if they had gotten the COVID vaccine. Though teachers weren’t included in the first few rounds of vaccinations in numerous states, the administration has pushed educators to get near the front of the line.
“They should be able to teach in a safe place and expand the minds and the opportunities of our children,” Vice president Kamala Harris told Today in February. “So teachers should be a priority along with other front-line workers.”
Biden also said that all Americans should be eligible to receive a vaccine beginning on April 19. As of this writing, about 63 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated.
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