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Teachers to Get New Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Pennsylvania could be moving to add educators and educational staff members to its COVID-19 vaccine rollout this week. Sources with knowledge of weekend conversations between the Department of Health, the Governor’s Office and the Governor’s Legislative COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force say that teachers are the likely target of the Johnson and Johnson one dose vaccine rollout.

Several Pennsylvania state representatives say the state will get 94,000 doses of the one dose vaccine which got final approval over the weekend.

Sources say those doses will be utilized at clinics set-up by school intermediate units and other agencies. CBS 21 News is learning that both public and private schools could benefit from a plan targeting around 200,000 educators and educational staff members. That number does not include Philadelphia, individuals who may opt out or those who may have already gotten the vaccine under the current phase 1A requirements.

The goal, according to sources is to have shots in arms by the week of March 8. The federal government plans to begin shipping the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on Tuesday, March 2.

CBS 21 News is also hearing that guidance may urge districts to prioritize elementary staff first, as those are the students struggling the most under current instructional methods.

We reached out to the Governor’s Office to confirm this information and got the following reply, “The task force continues to work on a plan for the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The Administration hopes to announce specific details later this week.”

Sources stress that educators and educational staff members who do not qualify under current phase 1A guidelines would only be eligible for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

CBS 21 News has also reached out to two major educational organizations, PASA and PSEA. PASA says they have not been briefed on such a plan and would not comment on speculation.

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