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Vaccine Disparities Worry Md. Teachers’ Unions

Top officials for teachers’ unions in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties said they have concerns about the coronavirus vaccination disparities among their members.

In Prince George’s, 43% of the 20,000 staffers have been vaccinated through resources provided by the school system, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported. In Montgomery, 40% have utilized its school system’s vaccination program. However, WRC data doesn’t include school workers who have been inoculated by their own means.

Officials with both county school systems say they have collaborated with health care providers and all teachers have been notified of vaccination possibilities.

Jennifer Martin, vice president of the Montgomery County Education Association, voiced concern that not every teacher who wants to be vaccinated has been.

“We have continuing concerns that our teachers get access to vaccines as quickly as possible,” Martin told WRC.

Theresa Mitchell Dudley, president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association, said her chief concern is whether students are vaccinated before returning, but is encouraging association members to get immunized nonetheless, WRC reported.

 

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