Leaders Call on Governor to Prioritize School Officials in Vaccine Distribution

The first doses of the coronavirus vaccine arrived in California Sunday night. Debates about which groups should be prioritized are already well underway. Healthcare workers and nursing home patients are at the top of the list. Education officials and some in local government want to ensure that teachers and staff aren’t far behind.

On Thursday, [San Francisco] Supervisor Hillary Ronen joined California leaders across the state to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to put teachers and all school personnel toward the front of the line to receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

Oakland city councilwoman Nikki Fortunato Bas said, "Any discussion of schools reopening must include providing vaccines to all school site personnel, in addition to testing."

Ronen argued that the toll on teachers, parents, and students alike is having a lasting impact on kids, especially children in the most vulnerable populations. — Mission Local

Other leaders calling to prioritize teachers for the vaccine include Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin, and Culver City Board of Education Member Dr. Kelly Kent.