By Walt Zwirko
Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that Oklahoma teachers will be moved up to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan as part of an effort to restore in-person education to all students.
The state’s original four-step inoculation plan called for school workers to be part of Phase 3. Now teachers and support staff will be included in Phase 2, which also includes first responders, health care workers providing outpatient care, senior citizens and those with co-morbidities, and public health staffers.
“I’ve heard from so many parents, students and teachers about how hard this year has been,” Stitt said at a news conference at the State Capitol. “We’re going to get through this, and we’re going to get our kids back to school safely.”
The governor said the decision to accelerate the vaccination regimen for schools is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, which cited extensive data to confirm that K-12 schools can operate with face-to-face learning safely and responsibly.
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