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World California Teachers Get Small Victory As Newsom Announces They Can Get COVID Vaccine in March

22:43  19 february  2021
22:43  19 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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California will begin setting aside COVID-19 vaccine doses for educators and child care workers on March 1, marking a significant step forward in the state's negotiations with teachers unions about how to safely reopen schools for in-person instruction amid the ongoing pandemic.

a group of people sitting at a desk in front of a computer: California Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday teachers statewide will be able to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines starting in March. In the photo above, students sit with their laptop computers at St. Joseph Catholic School in La Puente, California on November 16, 2020, where pre-kindergarten to Second Grade students in need of special services returned to the classroom for in-person instruction. © FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images California Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday teachers statewide will be able to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines starting in March. In the photo above, students sit with their laptop computers at St. Joseph Catholic School in La Puente, California on November 16, 2020, where pre-kindergarten to Second Grade students in need of special services returned to the classroom for in-person instruction.

Starting next month, 10 percent of the first COVID-19 doses California receives will be set aside for educators and child care workers, Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday. While 35 of California's 58 counties were already making COVID-19 vaccines available to teachers, Newsom said this move would help teachers statewide gain access to vaccine appointments.

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Speaking at the Alameda County Board of Education Friday morning, Newsom attributed his announcement to the state's expected increase in vaccine supply.

"The reason we can do that more formally, even though we have allowed for it over the course of the last number of weeks, is the window of visibility into the future, with more vaccinations that we know are coming from the Biden administration," the Democratic governor said.

Vaccinating teachers has been one of the sticking points in the state's negotiations with educators about how and when to reopen schools. Earlier this month, the California Teachers Association said it was "critical" for the state's educators to gain access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Newsweek reached out to the California Teachers Union for comment and will update this article with any response.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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