PSEA president says too many teachers have died from COVID-19

Written by on February 11, 2021

PSEA president says too many teachers have died from COVID-19

By Brittany Sweeney

February 11, 2021

Fred Lewis / NPR

The next phase of Pennsylvania’s vaccination distribution includes educators who make up a large group of those at risk for the coronavirus.

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Richard Askey, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association says teachers are essential workers and should be vaccinated as such.

With no timetable set for the second phase of vaccine rollouts, Askey says they are anxiously awaiting their window opening.

“I have to tell you that I have written, to be very frank, I have written too many letters to local associations expressing our condolences and grief about the loss of one of their members, a teacher, support staff and yes, we have had members that have passed away from COVID,” Askey says.

The shots availability of rapid testing will be a game-changer, he says, for getting schools reopened and back to normal.

And the toolkit for making sure that schools are open safely he says includes not only vaccinations and testing, but also mitigation, PPE, and social distancing guidelines.

Right now the choice to reinstate in-person learning should remain in the hands of each individual school district, he says.

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