Florence, South Carolina 2021-03-03 05:53:18 –
Charleston, South Carolina (WCBD)-Governor McMaster’s big announcement on Tuesday was that Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine deployment was officially set on March 8th, with various reactions. Especially from South Carolina teachers.
State health officials say the total number of individuals vaccinated under Phase 1b is approximately 2.7 million. For reference, this is more than double the number of people currently in Phase 1a of less than 1.3 million.
Lisa Elric, a teacher and representative of Ed’s SC, says that the current situation of teachers seeking vaccination in Phase 1b can best be described as “free for everyone.”
“One of our disappointments was that we didn’t prioritize teachers as the first group in Phase 1b. In reality, in the last two weeks, teachers have been vaccinated in North Carolina. I noticed, “says Ellis.
Ellis says crossing state boundaries is not the only way teachers are trying to get their dose. In fact, she found dozens of educators sharing loopholes on social media.
“As you know, companies like Wal-Mart and CVS allow teachers to join the waiting list and get vaccinated that way because I was on Wal-Mart’s waiting list. We were able to receive the first dose of the vaccine on Friday. Like other good teachers, we take care of ourselves and how to avoid systems that do not support public education. I’m thinking, “she says.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Governor McMaster announced that the deployment of Phase 1b had no reason not to open all South Carolina school districts five days a week.
“My message to teachers and school staff. Take the vaccine as soon as it is provided. Don’t wait. It’s safe and we’re working to address the academic impact of COVID-19. That’s why students need to give quality instruction in the classroom every day, ”says McMaster.
During the last few months of a difficult school year, Ellis still wants teachers to be prioritized in Phase 1b. But if nothing else, she wants state educators to be able to get vaccine doses quickly and efficiently.
“I think the ideal situation is for teachers to be prioritized,” says Ellis. “And those vaccines are poured into the school district and the vaccines can be put into weapons as soon as possible.”
For more information on the logistics of Phase 1b deployments, click here.
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