From the Star Ledger:
New Jersey teachers are “next up to bat” to receive a vaccination for the coronavirus when eligibility expands, Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday. But how soon they’ll be able to get the shot remains unanswered.
Murphy, speaking during a morning CNN interview, said he understands the stress educators have to deal with while working during the pandemic. He has also advocated for as much in-person learning as possible, citing the benefit it has for students — particularly those who live in low-income households.
“When we add groups, I want to be able to add educators as fast as we can,” Murphy said.
“They’re in the on-deck circle,” he said. ”Educators are next up to bat.”
Currently, those eligible to receive the vaccine in New Jersey include health care workers, police, firefighters, long-term care residents, those over 65 years of age, those between 16 and 64 with certain health conditions and smokers. That’s more than 4 million people. The state has received 1.09 million doses from the federal government, according to the Centers for Disease Control tracker.