KYW Medical Report: We can’t forget about a critical group when vaccines come out

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By KYW Newsradio

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross.

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As decisions about distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine are being made, we shouldn’t forget about a critical group.

There is no doubt that health care providers and first responders need to be vaccinated as early in the process as possible.

Most of us are always the first to get flu shots and other vaccines because we have the greatest exposure and potential to spread the virus to others who are sick. Remember, public health officials make decisions based on protecting the most people, not protecting certain groups.

For a physician, our value is measured by how many we can help.

But we can't overlook a group of heroes who often are overlooked and serve one of the most essential roles of all: our teachers.

We need teachers to be safe when they are called back into the classrooms.

The vaccine is a critical tool to support them and protect our children while helping them build a brighter future for all of us.