Teachers to get 1-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Wolf says

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that teachers will receive doses of the newly approved one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, under a plan his administration will release.

In a news conference on a separate topic, Wolf said his administration's plan will be released Wednesday.

He gave few details, but said he and a bipartisan legislative task force agreed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should be set aside for teachers and then other workers considered to be essential who are not included in the first vaccination phase.

"There's some really important front-line workers who I think and I think the task force believes, on a bipartisan basis, should be included in that, like teachers and, not too far down the road, like child care workers, and police, and fire, grocery store workers, bus drivers," Wolf said.

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State officials expect 94,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to arrive this week as school districts face pressure to bring students back to classrooms for in-person instruction. Education groups say vaccinating school staff is an "absolutely essential" step toward reopening schools and keeping them open.

The state is still in Phase 1A of its vaccine plan, offering the shots to people age 65 and over and younger people with high-risk medical conditions — a population that numbers around 4 million.

Teachers currently are grouped in Phase 1B.

York Academy Regional Charter School kindergartener teacher Becky Frederick works with Yaviel Mendez whose class was making a thank you cards for healthcare workers Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The charter school's art honor society created the idea to make 3,000 cards for WellSpan York Hospital frontline healthcare workers. Bill Kalina photo