Vaccines were supposedly available to teachers starting February 24th, but not a single teacher was vaccinated at Moscone Center on Tuesday.
Teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District were disappointed upon arrival at Moscone Center, the city’s largest vaccination site. The state failed to give access codes to teachers from SFUSD, so when they arrived for their first dose, they were turned away.
Just learned that no SF educator was vaccinated at Moscone today b/c the Governor forced Kaiser to hold all spots for educators who receive codes from the School District. The State failed to give a single code to SFUSD! https://t.co/SXkG4SU7wU.Together.For.Our.Kids! @GavinNewsom
— Hillary Ronen (@HillaryRonen) March 2, 2021
The state of California provides priority access codes to Offices of Education, but since San Francisco does not have an Office of Education, the City was not given clarity on how local distribution would be handled.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed released a statement yesterday detailing the educator vaccination plan.
“Last night, we received our first vaccine priority access codes from the State for our educators who are in the classroom or who are heading back soon. We’ve distributed this first set of codes to the San Francisco Unified School District for distribution to public school educators and support staff, including charter schools, that are slated to return to the classroom first, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health is working directly with our parochial and private schools to make sure their teachers who are teaching in person have access,” she said.
Educators can use these priority codes for appointments at Moscone and other Bay Area sites now by going to https://t.co/35sPmp9qPN.
While vaccines are not a requirement for in-person learning, we know that getting our teachers vaccinated is important and we’re here to help.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) March 3, 2021
“These codes can be used to schedule appointments at Moscone Center and other Bay Area sites now. While these access codes are meant to prioritize those teaching in person or those returning to the classroom soon by opening reserved appointments only, all educators can continue to have access to vaccination appointments as they have had since last week.”
Now that San Francisco has moved to the less-restrictive red tier, there is hope that the city may be able to reopen schools as more and more teachers are vaccinated. If all goes well, educators may receive vaccines more efficiently thanks to the updated implementation plan.
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