On-Site Teachers and Low-Income Areas Prioritized Under School Staff Vaccination Program

New statewide guidelines for school staff vaccinations took effect Monday after weeks of frustration and confusion.

Gov. Gavin Newsom had previously pledged to set aside 10% of the state’s coronavirus vaccine doses for school personnel. Now, we know how those vaccines will be distributed.

The state will provide around 75,000 doses each week to county offices of education for distribution. Those offices must then follow state prioritization guidelines.

Teachers and staff who are already working on site, as well as those set to return, are in tier 1.

“Teachers and other education workers will get single-use codes to make expedited appointments online,” according to NBC News.  “The state will also host targeted drives for education staff at two mass vaccination sites in Oakland and Los Angeles that are run in partnership with the federal government.”

There are equity measures in place too. Counties that have been hit hard by the pandemic will be prioritized, with the number of available codes partly dependent on the number of low-income students, English learners, and foster youth in a given area.

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