More than 75% of Colorado educators, child care workers have first dose of vaccine
Colorado passed its goal of having 75% of teachers and child care workers receive a first dose by March 5.
The Colorado State Joint Information Center said Monday afternoon that as of its latest estimates, almost 78% of the 120,000 eligible teachers and child care workers had received a first dose.
Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers and child care workers were first eligible for the vaccine on Feb. 8. At a late January press conference announcing their eligibility, Gov. Jared Polis said all teachers who want a vaccine would get one within a three-week period. Polis later said the goal was for 75% of those eligible to have a first dose by March 5.
The Colorado State Joint Information Center said the state calculates its percentage based on updates from school districts provided to the Colorado Department of Education.
Poudre School District has said it is receiving data on employee vaccinations only from UCHealth. The district was unable to get a count from other providers like Banner Health and Kaiser Permanente.
UCHealth data as of Feb. 23 showed that more than 3,000 PSD employees had registered to receive a vaccination with the provider and almost 70% of those had already received their first dose.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidelines in February that specified while teacher vaccination is a mitigation strategy, it should not be a requirement for reopening schools.
PSD plans to return to full-time, in-person education for middle and high schools on March 22, marking a return to in-person learning for the entire district.
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Currently, just pre-K through 12th-grade educators, support staff and child care workers are eligible for the vaccine. Polis announced on Feb. 26 that student-facing staff in community colleges and universities will be eligible for vaccines when the state moves to Phase 1.B4, likely at the end of March.
Molly Bohannon covers education for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter @molboha or contact her at email@example.com. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.