K-12 teachers, staff, child care providers can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointment next week

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker announced the next group of people that will be available to receive a COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday morning.

Following President Biden’s request to every state to get all teachers, staff and child care providers vaccinated, Governor Baker announced they will be able to schedule for an appointment beginning on March 11.

“My challenge to all states, territories, and the District of Columbia is this: We want every educator, school staff member, childcare worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March,” Biden said Tuesday afternoon.

Massachusetts Teachers Association President Merrie Najimy called the decision a tremendous victory for students, educators, and community members. She also criticized Gov. Baker on his early decisions on the state’s vaccine rollout that didn’t include teachers.

Najimy stated, “Educators working through their unions and with our allies, including many parents, have been tireless in their advocacy to have Governor Charlie Baker acknowledge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s classification of school employees as essential workers and begin the vaccination program now. President Biden heeded the call that our own governor, until today, did not or would not listen to.”

She added that expediting school employees’ access to vaccines will protect the thousands of school employees already on the front lines, working with students in-person.

On Wednesday morning, CVS began listing teachers as eligible to receive the vaccine. The pharmacy chain’s website lists teachers in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as daycare, preschool workers, and staff among the eligible groups.

Baker also said the state will not be receiving any additional doses of the vaccine supply until the end of March so appointments will continue to be quickly filled. The Governor is asking for everyone to be patient as more appointments are expected to be released Thursday morning.

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Secretary of Education James Peyser, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley, and Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken for a tour of a school in Gloucester at 9 a.m.

The school is celebrating its 101st day of in-person learning.

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