Photo credit: Irfan Khan / Os Angeles Times / Polaris

Yolanda Javier, left, gives a Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a Los Angels living at St. Johns Well Child & Family Center in January 2021.

Photo credit: Irfan Khan / Os Angeles Times / Polaris

Yolanda Javier, left, gives a Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a Los Angels living at St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in January 2021.

A government effort to develop a more rational approach to vaccinating California residents against Covid-19 could result in teachers getting their shots sooner.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the changes, which include moving to an age-based eligibility system, in a press conference on Monday. Until next month Teachers and others in Phase 1B Even in countries where healthcare workers in Phase 1A are still being vaccinated, the state’s vaccination priority list could start vaccinating.

“S.In particular, we believe that the cohort 65 and older needs to be prioritized alongside healthcare workers, first responders, food and farm workers, and school staff and teachers, ”Newsom said in a press conference On Monday.

The plan – which one will be rolled out evenly across all 58 districts – will be implemented in mid-February until vaccinations are available additional information released by the state Tuesday.

Phase IB includes rescue workers, food and farm workers and people aged 65 and over as well as teachers. But whyWhen they will actually be vaccinated will depend on how many doses of vaccine enter the state and are available in each county.

Phase 1A: Healthcare workers and long-term care residents

Phase 1B: People aged 65 and over, school staff and childcare workers, rescue workers and employees in the food and agricultural sectors.

The state will move to an age-based eligibility system after vaccinating these groups.

“We want to work through this cohort and continue to do whatever we can to vaccinate the vaccines, our first responders, our farm workers, our critical frontline workers and our food supply system, and our teachers so that schools can reopen, as well as our support staff who are so fundamental that they must not be forgotten when it comes to making schools work, ”Newsom said on Monday.

The announcement comes as school districts across California grapple with one unpredictable vaccine supply and a lack of nationwide coordination to figure out how and when to vaccinate their teachers in order to reopen schools. The result was wThere are differences in how far school districts are in different parts of the state from vaccinating school staff.

A letter to the members of the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee from Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, General Surgeon from California, and Dr. Erica Pan, state epidemiologist, on Monday While 2 million doses of vaccine have been administered, the state faces a number of challenges including incomplete data collection, lack of nationwide coordination among its 61 local health courts on licensing requirements, and decentralized accountability.

“In short, there is no clear and easy way to tell people when it was their turn and where to go when it was their turn,” the letter reads.

The nationwide plan is said to address these issues, according to the letter.

This is the second time this month that Newsom has moving teachers higher on the state’s vaccination eligibility list to get schools reopened. In December the governor announced: “Safe schools for everyone, “An ambitious plan to reopen some schools as early as February.

Meanwhile, school principals across the state continue to urge their staff to be vaccinated.

Last week, all 13 Sacramento County School District superintendents and Sacramento County Education Bureau Superintendent Dave Gordon signed a letter asking Newsom to prioritize vaccination of teachers and school staff over Covid-19 tests.

“Giving vaccines is more important than adding capacity or testing to staff and students as it minimizes the risk of infection for teachers and students returning to school,” they wrote. “The lack of a coordinated vaccination schedule for educators at the state and local levels will prolong and inevitably jeopardize plans to reopen schools.”

The letter asked for the governor’s assistance in providing vaccination doses to teachers and school staff so schools can reopen. Sacramento County school officials are developing a coordinated plan to vaccinate all county school workers in a “very short time” once vaccine doses are available.

The United Superintendent of Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, has done everything to be allowed to open Vaccination clinics for employees, students and the community at schools in the largest school district in the country.

“It is a unique and important advantage to vaccinate everyone who works in schools. This will help to reopen schools earlier,” Beutner said on Monday. “Not only will this protect the health and safety of staff, but it will also be of tremendous benefit to children and their families as schools and economies will reopen faster by allowing the working families we serve to return to work.”

He expressed frustration with the slow adoption of vaccines, which he said was critical to schools reopening.

“It is not enough just to say the words ‘schools need to reopen’. State and local administrators need to balance words with actions – they need to act to reduce the spread of the virus in the communities where our schools operate and to set a clear standard for a safe school that everyone can understand and that Vaccinate school staff quickly. Once that’s done, we’ll be at the school’s front door with big smiles (under our masks) to welcome the students and their teachers back to the classrooms they belong in. “

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