Pennsylvania teachers to be vaccinated


Lisa Ferdinando

Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Max Radcliffe, Staff Writer

Pennsylvania officials have released an outline of a plan to vaccinate teachers against COVID-19.

Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam, Department of Education Acting Secretary Noe Ortega, and PEMA Director Randy Padfield reviewed the plan at a media briefing on Thursday.

The Wolf administration is working with Intermediate Units and other education partners to give the one-dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine to Pre-K through Grade 12 public and non-public school staff across Pennsylvania.

Officials said there will be at least one vaccination site in each IU region. Sites are expected to begin operations between March 10 and March 13.

“We anticipate that the majority of these sites will support up to 500 doses a day, with some of the sites in IUs with higher amounts of teachers and support staff being able to administer up to 1,000 doses a day. We anticipate most sites will be completed administering the first round of available vaccine in eight to 10 days,” Padfield said.

Hopefully, teachers will be able to receive the vaccine and continue to be able to do what they love.

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