Wayne teachers concerned they may not get COVID-19 vaccine before in-person learning returns
Teachers in Wayne are asking for help in getting their COVID-19 vaccinations, as New Jersey looks to phase schools back into in-person learning.
While teachers will become eligible to receive their vaccinations on March 15, educators are concerned if they will be able to receive their shots on time.
Eda Ferrante is president of the Wayne Education Association, which represents over 800 teachers and secretaries in the Wayne School District. She says the main obstacle will be getting an appointment.
“The frustration is that teachers want to be able to get vaccinated as quickly as possible and there are obstacles,” says Ferrante. “First and foremost, the fact that we can't register yet and once we're able to register, we're going to be competing with so many other people to get vaccinated.
Once they are eligible, teachers from the district are calling for a vaccination site that will cater just to them.
City officials in nearby Passaic have already started calling teachers to schedule appointments and later this month, Jersey City will have vaccine clinics specifically for teachers and support staff.
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Wayne schools are currently on a hybrid model, but in-person learning is being phased in for a full return later this year.