Jersey City allocates this week's vaccine supply to teachers, school staffers

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) — Jersey City schools have been all-remote this year, but the city on Monday took a big step towards reopening for in-person learning.

According to officials, all vaccine doses delivered to Jersey City this week will be given to school staffers.

“This week in Jersey City we’ll close to 5,000 doses, which is a better allotment than we expected,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “We made the decision to allocate 100% of those doses for Jersey City public school teachers, support staff.”

The mayor says by allocating all the doses to schools, it will bolster vaccination rates among teachers and allow students to return to their classrooms quicker.

“It should eliminate any reason why people, both students and teachers, can't or shouldn't feel comfortable going back to traditional in person learning,” said Mayor Fulop.

He says the city is planning to open schools for full-time, in-person learning on April 22.

Ferris High School and Public School No. 26 will be utilized as vaccination sites for all school employees in the city.

High school English teacher Maria Ropas-Inzeo was among those to get their first dose after the announcement was made Monday.

“I’ll be vaccinated and I'll have a little more peace of mind when I get that into my classroom,” she said.

Just one-third of teachers have signed up for a shot so far.

Next week, vaccination priority in Jersey City will return to seniors, though teachers and others will remain eligible.

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