California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that state officials will set aside 10% of California’s weekly supply of the COVID-19 vaccine doses for educators. The effort starts next month to try and jump-start the process of reopening more public schools. The announcement comes after school reopening negotiations between Newsom and state lawmakers stalled.
“The reason we can do that more formally, even though we’ve allowed for it over the course of the last number of weeks, is the window of visibility into the future with more vaccinations that are now coming from the Biden administration,” Newsom said.
Going off current vaccine allocations, California will reserve about 75,000 doses of COVID-19. The governor didn’t say whether teachers and staff should expect to receive both shots before returning to campuses.
“It must be done much sooner than the current path that we’re on,” Newsom said. “We believe this will help advance that cause.”