1/29/2021-Breaking news: Educator’s vaccinations and testing access

This afternoon Governor Polis announced a major push to vaccinate Colorado’s education professionals.

Starting February 8th every pre-k – 12th-grade educator who wants a vaccine will be able to get a vaccine within 3 weeks. Further details to be announced district by district soon.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2021

Statement from Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association (CEA), on Educators, Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines Beginning Feb. 8:

“We want to thank Gov. Polis for listening to the voices of educators on COVID-19 safety in schools. For the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to take a tremendous toll on educators, students, and their families. While we believe that ALL essential workers should be a priority for the COVID-19 vaccine, this is a gigantic step toward our long-standing goal of getting our students back into classrooms, where the best learning takes place.

“Especially with more contagious variants of the virus, we still have work to do in order to return to classrooms with as much uninterrupted learning as possible. We call on communities to commit to lowering the spread of COVID-19 by everyone doing the simple stuff like wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing and limiting gatherings. Our goal has always been to be back in classrooms with our students but all of us need to do our part to make every public school a safe place for students and school staff, no matter what neighborhood it serves.”

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is the voice of 39,000 educators, working together in a strong union to ensure all students get the exceptional public schools they deserve, in every neighborhood across the state. As Colorado’s largest labor union, CEA works collectively with all education stakeholders to ensure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.

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