California will earmark 10% of weekly COVID-19 vaccine supply for educators to get more schools open

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday that state officials will set aside 10% of California’s weekly allotment of COVID-19 vaccine doses for educators starting next month, in an effort to jump-start the process of reopening more public school campuses as pandemic conditions improve in communities across the state.

The announcement, made during a visit to an Oakland vaccination clinic, marked a swift turn of events after school reopening negotiations between Newsom and state lawmakers stalled, in part over the governor’s reluctance to promise vaccinations to teachers and other school employees. While a number of issues over how to resume in-person instruction remain unresolved, none has been more contentious than how to prioritize educators within the state’s queue for immunizations.

“It must be done much sooner than the current path that we’re on,” Newsom said Friday about reopening schools. “We believe this will help advance that cause.” Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-19/gavin-newsom-10-percent-covid-19-vaccines-educators-california-schools-open?utm_id=24029&sfmc_id=2420175