Superintendent wants teachers prioritized for COVID-19 vaccine

By KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Superintendent William Hite said he’s joining superintendents from other big-city districts to recommend that teachers be among the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"We're advocating to make as a priority, after the health care community, the education community, so that we can get children and staff back into schools," Hite told reporters at his weekly briefing.

"Right now, as you know, health care workers are the priority, along with individuals in assisted living. We’re trying to make a case that the next group of individuals become educators."

Hite said it’s too early to say whether schools could be used as locations to distribute the vaccine.

"It's so far off now that it's hard for us to begin planning," he said, "but we would most definitely consider making anything that we need to make available in order to expedite that process."

Classes in Philadelphia schools have been all-virtual since March, and no date is set for a return to school buildings. However, Hite said, when students are back in classrooms, the district plans to have some sort of rapid testing in place for students and staff.

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