New CDC Reopening Guidelines Do Not Require Teacher Vaccinations First

The CDC has released a new roadmap to help reopen and operate K-12 schools during the pandemic. The recommendations do not require teachers to get the coronavirus vaccination first. State Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven (van-DEE-ven) says Missouri’s next coronavirus vaccination phase will be open to all teachers…

“When that next tier opens, there may be communities who are called upon to prioritize their distribution and we are going to ask them to really think carefully about how do we make sure our teachers get in when they are eligible,” she says.

Some Missouri teachers already qualify for vaccination if they are 65 or older or a pre-existing health condition. The new federal guidelines say in-person instruction should be prioritized over extracurricular activities, like sports and music events.