Front line health workers and residents of long-term care facilities are expected to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 before other demographics, according to a Tuesday recommendation by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Educators, under pressure to hold in-person classes, may not receive the vaccine until later.
Decisions made by the ACIP are not legally binding. Currently, no vaccines have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for general use. However, two vaccines in Phase III trials are expected to be reviewed for emergency use in December.
With the virus surging across the country, some teachers believe they should be on the highest tier of priority for receiving a vaccine. Others disagree with that opinion, stating that health care workers should be first in