About 70,000 Indiana teachers have no idea where they stand in Hoosiers’ lines waiting to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana teachers want to know how long it will take to get vaccinated. They’re on the list of priorities now, it doesn’t seem like they are.
About 70,000 Indiana teachers have no idea where they stand in Hoosiers’ lines awaiting COVID-19 vaccination.
“It is of utmost concern for us to shift from our understanding of where we are in to no name,”; said Keith Gambill, president of the Indiana Teachers Association.
Teachers and other essential practitioners are behind poor health care workers and nursing home residents in the field of vaccination. But last week, the governor and health officials announced that people aged 80 and over were eligible for the vaccine. This was followed by people age 70 and older and 60 and older.These age groups accounted for 93 percent of Indiana’s COVID-19 deaths.
Health Commissioner Dr. Christina Box explains why seniors are important.
“… protecting people at risk of impacts such as death or hospitalization,” she said.
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Police and other first responders have also been moved to the priority list.
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“We were led to believe that we were part of the priorities and now appear to have been left on the list,” Gambill said.
Gambill pointed out that teachers often spend several hours a day with their students, in which in some cases social aloofness is not possible. Some schools have suddenly shut down and switch to e-learning as many teachers and workers are infected with COVID-19 or are in quarantine zones.
Focusing on teachers in vaccination, educators focus on children and education.