Where are U.S. teachers ineligible to be vaccinated? (subscription)

By: | February 4, 2021

As schools across the United States debate whether children will be able to attend classes in person amid an ongoing pandemic, only about half of the states are allowing teachers to get a shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The New York Times tracks vaccine eligibility rules in all 50 states and found that at least 24 states and Washington, D.C., are providing shots to some teachers of kindergarten through high school, though some of those states only consider teachers eligible for the vaccine in certain counties.

In West Virginia, teachers are eligible for the vaccine only if they are age 50 or older. In Montana, a limited number of teachers are allowed to get shots if they have specific medical conditions. In certain states like Texas and Florida, officials have ordered schools to reopen for in-person learning, but teachers have not been made eligible for shots. Of the 15 counties with the worst coronavirus outbreaks now, more than half are in Texas.

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