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Teachers hopeful with vaccination plan

State assigns its Johnson & Johnson doses to school employees

March 4, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

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County teachers and schools are cautiously optimistic about the ramifications of Gov. Tom Wolf's plan, announced Wednesday, wherein the state will provide its Johnson & Johnson one-dose COVID vaccinations to teachers and school employees.

Pennsylvania's teacher-vaccination plan places pre-kindergarten and elementary school, special education and English-as-a-second-language teachers and staff atop the priority list.

Wolf emphasized the inoculations will not be limited to teachers, and instead will include ancillary staff such as custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and administrators.

“This new single-dose vaccine adds another layer of support to get students and teachers back in the classroom,” Wolf said. “Teachers and staff who work with our children will be vaccinated.”

The state's first allocation of J&J vaccines will total 94,600 doses, the governor announced, and Pennsylvania plans to receive them this week.

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Alex J. Weidenhof

Alex J. Weidenhof