Originally posted at 6:25 p.m. Updated at 10:05 p.m.
BOSTON – Senate President Karen Spilka is calling for Massachusetts educators to be vaccinated this month, as the Commonwealth’s Education department calls for in-person learning for all in elementary level in April.
“A top priority for everyone in government, whether at the local, state or federal level, should be getting our students and teachers and staff back into the classroom safely. Getting students back into the classroom, where they learn best, should be a local decision which will depend upon a variety of factors. If the Governor wants to mandate opening elementary schools across the Commonwealth to in-person learning by April 1, the Administration must have an equitable plan that gives communities the necessary support and resources to do that. Among those resources, we need a vaccine program for teachers and staff that is aggressive, and we need it this month. As more vaccine doses become available to the state, I am calling on the Governor to designate a percentage of those doses to be administered to teachers and staff in their communities,” said the Senate President.
In Framingham, Phase IV students who have not been physically in the classrooms since March 2020, are expected to return tomorrow, March 3.
And today, President Joseph Biden said the United States will have enough vaccine for all Americans by the end of May.
President Biden wants teachers across the country to get the vaccine by the end of March, as well.
But that will not mean that everyone will be vaccinated by Memorial Day.
In Massachusetts, the Commonwealth has hit a milestone, more people have had the two doses of the vaccine than who have ben infected by the coronavirus.
And more than 1 million individuals have received the first dose of the vaccine in Massachusetts.