Advocating vaccines for in person teachers first

Alec Johnson:

Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow sent a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday with his plea, a day after the DHS announced that teachers will be eligible for the vaccine starting March 1.

The DHS’ vaccination guidance does not separate school districts offering in-person classes with those that have been virtual for the 2020-21 school year. 

“Vaccine priority should be given to teachers working in their classrooms over teachers working in their living rooms,” Farrow said in a follow-up statement. “We should reward school districts that implemented extensive efforts that have allowed safe in-person instruction from day one over those that denied students the education they deserve.

“Now is the time to give those teachers additional peace of mind and show them that we appreciate these months of hard work and dedication to their students.”

Madison’s Taxpayer Funded K-12 Governence Commentary; 2021 Edition