California will reserve 10 percent of its incoming coronavirus vaccines for teachers and child care workers starting next month, beginning with 75,000 per week.
Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement Friday morning while touring a first-of-its-kind mobile vaccination site in Alameda County dedicated to teachers and other school workers. He said getting teachers vaccinated is his administration's top priority, which is why the state will soon make the move to help an estimated 1.4 million educators get their shots.
"That will be made available and set aside for those educators and child care workers that are supporting our efforts to get our kids back into in-person instruction," the governor said.
That's exactly what Principal Lisa Greco is planning to do at St. Bede Catholic School in Hayward now that her entire staff is getting vaccinated.
"We’re going to feel a lot better," she told KCBS Radio. "We’re all really excited about this and this is going to bring us closer to being with our students in person."
Thousands of doses will be set aside for educators beginning March 1.
Thirty-five counties are currently prioritizing vaccines for teachers, and Gov. Newsom said he wants that to be the standard statewide. While teachers are listed as a priority for getting the vaccine, supply has slowed and many are not yet getting their shots as expected.
The announcement comes as the State Assembly prepares to vote on a possible path to reopening California’s schools, even without the governor’s endorsement.