It took two days, but many are finally getting some clarity on the COVID-19 vaccine for teachers and when they will be eligible.
What You Need To Know
- Educators who teach K through 12, more than 50 can get the vaccine
- Daycare workers, college staff are not eligible for vaccine at state-run sites
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For vaccination sites that are supplied by the Federal Pharmacy Program, which means they get the vaccine from the federal stockpile, all teachers, regardless of age, are now eligible for the shot.
The federal government this week opened four vaccination sites in Florida, one of them at Tampa's Greyhound Track.
CVS Pharmacies are also getting the vaccine from the federal stockpile.
At state-run sites, which there are more of, only teachers K-12 and those who are more than 50 years old are currently eligible for the shot.
Daycare workers and college staff are not eligible for the vaccine at state-run sites either.
In a statement, the United Faculty of Florida that represents college workers ripped Gov. Ron DeSantis' current vaccination order.
Kally Malcom, president of the University of North Florida, said "Higher education faculty are being compelled back to the classroom, too. Our students are falling ill each week too — and so are we. I urge the governor to immediately grant higher-ed faculty access to these life-saving vaccines.”
President Joe Biden said with federal sites not vaccinating teachers, all teachers should get at least one shot by the end of March. That means all teachers nationwide should be vaccinated sometime in April.
The president said there should be enough vaccine in circulation for every adult to get vaccinated by May.