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Tennessee moves up teachers on priority list to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Tennessee has moved teachers and child care staff toward the front of the line to receive a coronavirus vaccine in hopes of getting and keeping students in classrooms during the pandemic.
The change, outlined in an updated distribution plan released on Wednesday, means that K-12 educators and school staff are likely to get their shots in the first few months of 2021. Previously, they were designated as part of the second wave of vaccinations, expected to happen in the spring.
The shift, announced by the state health department, comes two weeks after Tennessee began giving its first inoculations to frontline healthcare workers.
“COVID-19 vaccines remain limited at this time, and Tennessee’s allocation plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey. “The plan also prioritizes critical infrastructure workers who have direct public exposure or work in environments posing a higher risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.“
The change also aligns with new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earlier this month, an advisory panel for the nations’s health protection agency recommended elevating teachers and other essential workers as part of the first phase of Americans receiving the vaccine. That group, which also includes firefighters, police, and grocery workers, previously fell in the second wave of vaccinations.
Tennessee is one of the nation’s hotspots for virus spread.
This developing story will be updated.

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