Education Minnesota applauds Walz decision to begin vaccinating educators
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ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Jan. 18, 2021 – Education Minnesota applauds Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to start vaccinating educators and open community vaccination sites around the state.
“We know how hard this has been for students and parents. Educators want to be back with their students too. Free COVID-19 vaccinations for every school staff who wants one should be a priority and Minnesota today is taking another important step in keeping our communities safe and healthy,” said Education Minnesota President Denise Specht.
A failed rollout of the vaccine at the federal level, though, means it will still take weeks for adults working with students to get fully vaccinated.
“Vaccinating educators is an important part in reopening school buildings,” Specht said. “As of now, we don’t know how long it will take to get everyone fully vaccinated, but we are ready to get started. Minnesotans must remain diligent and do our part to slow the spread of the virus by wearing masking, maintaining social distancing and following other safety protocols.”
About Education Minnesota
Education Minnesota is the voice for professional educators and students. Education Minnesota’s members include teachers and education support professionals in Minnesota’s public school districts, faculty members at Minnesota’s community and technical colleges and University of Minnesota campuses in Duluth and Crookston, retired educators and student teachers. Education Minnesota is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.