WASHINGTON DC – President Joseph Biden said he wants all states to prioritize teachers for the COVID-19 vaccines this month.
The President called for every school staff member to receive at least one dose of the vaccine before march ends.
President Biden said more than 30 states have made teachers a priority for the vaccine, but that he was using the “full authority of the federal government” in “directing every state to do the same.”
“My challenge to all states, territories and the District of Columbia is this: We want every educator, school staff member, child care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March,” President Biden said today, March 2.
In Massachusetts, teachers have not yet been prioritized for the vaccine.
Teachers and other essential workers are next up on the Massachusetts coronavirus vaccine distribution plan.
It’s not yet known when the state will open up eligibility for teachers, but CVS is allowing teachers to register for appointments, even in Massachusetts.
In Framingham, teachers did not report back to the classrooms until February 1.
The Baker-Polito administration prioritized health care workers, and other essential workers who had not been working from home first. Those also included police officers, firefighters, etc. In that first phase was also those who live in and work in long-term care facilities.
The next phase included individuals age 65 and older.
Some other professions including funeral home directors and postal workers, who have been working since the pandemic began, have yet to become eligible for the vaccine in Massachusetts.