Jersey City prioritizing teacher vaccinations to reopen schools
Jersey City will be making teachers a priority to receive the COIVD-19 vaccine so that schools can reopen.
City officials say that the goal is to reopen schools for in-person learning on April 22. One way that they will make sure this happens is to get teachers and staff access to the vaccine.
There will be two sites open for teaches to get their shots. One will be at Ferris High School, which is already serving as a vaccine center. The other will be at Public School 26.
“We are going to allocate all of our city’s doses for the week of the [March 15] to the school system. That’s public schools and charter schools,” says Mayor Steve Fulop.
The plan is to have 300 teachers vaccinated per day. The mayor says that the city has flexibility within state guidelines to push the vaccine solely to teachers.
Students have been learning remotely since September.
“There’s clearly a mental health issue. There’s clearly parents at a breaking point. So we want to do everything we can to get students back in school,” Fulop says.
Jersey City has 42 schools within the district. The Board of Education says that it will have to help 2,700 teachers sign up for the vaccine.
Gov. Phil Murphy says that he wants to see more schools start to move away from remote learning and resume in-person lessons as soon as possible.
President Joe Biden has directed all states to prioritize the vaccination of teachers.