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Include School Employees in Next Phase of Vaccinations, Federal Panel Recommends


December 22, 2020

School employees should be included among “frontline essential workers” who are vaccinated against COVID-19 in the next phase of state campaigns, a federal panel recommended Sunday.

State plans vary, and it’s ultimately up to governors to determine how closely they follow federal guidelines.

But the Sunday vote, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices notably departed from a previous, tentative timeline by creating a narrower classification of about 30 million frontline workers, who are “in sectors essential to the functioning of society and are at substantially higher risk of exposure” because they work directly with the public. The panel included teachers and school support staff in that category alongside workers in other sectors, like firefighters, police officers, grocery store employees, and postal workers.


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