Teachers, childcare workers, school staff eligible for COVID-19 vaccine Thursday

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(WWLP) – Starting Thursday, educators, childcare workers, and school staff are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The state is setting aside the three upcoming Saturdays at Mass Vaccination sites to exclusively vaccinate about 400,000 educators, school staff, and childcare workers. The dates will be March 27th, April 3rd, and April 10th, as well as Sunday, April 11th.

As of 11:26 a.m. Thursday morning, the state says all 40,000 first dose appointments at mass vaccination sites have been booked for next week.

Given the limited supply, some may not get the vaccine until mid-April or later, and elementary school students will be back to in-person learning five days a week by then.

“People should keep in mind that it will still probably take several weeks for eligible residents to be notified that there is an available appointment for them because we’re still receiving a limited federal supply of vaccine doses,” said Gov. Baker.

There were no crashing issues on both the Vaxfinder website or Curative’s queue-it site. However, the wait time for many people to get onto Curative’s booking site was still over an hour, with some residents seeing 100,000 people in front of them. Starting Friday, the system will change to a pre-registration website.

Governor Baker announced a new pre-registration system Wednesday that is aimed to make booking appointments easier for Massachusetts residents. The new pre-registration system that launches Friday allows people to fill out an online form with their contact information and eligibility criteria, then wait for the state to notify them when it’s their turn to book an appointment.

Once it’s your turn to book, you’ll then have 24 hours to respond or go back into the queue.

Governor Baker said it could take several weeks to get a notification of open appointment slots because of ongoing supply constraints, but you will receive an update each week.  

On March 3, CVS’s website listed teachers as eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts and Governor Baker made the announcement later that day.

The Massachusetts Teachers Association is urging the state to push back school reopening to allow more educators to get vaccinated.

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