When Baltimore County teachers return to class, they find it difficult to get vaccinated
Monday, February 22, 2021
Tim Tooten, WBAL-TV 11
Hundreds of Baltimore County teachers and staff are back to school on Monday. But unlike in other districts, the district teachers had to find vaccines themselves.
No one has a firm grip on how many teachers got their shots, but vaccines aside, they plan to be on duty in just a few days.
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"They just can't get the vaccines and they want the vaccines," said Cindy Sexton, president of the Baltimore County Teachers Association.
But that may not be possible and the teachers union knows why.
“There just isn't enough. There are nearly 9,000 educators alone, not to mention the rest of the staff in the school system, and people just can't get an appointment for a vaccine, ”Sexton said.
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"It's frustrating for all of us," said Charlie Herndon of Baltimore County Public Schools.
Baltimore County school officials said no one was responsible for the vaccine shortage.
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“Of course, we don't control the amount of vaccines available to teachers in Baltimore County. We are doing everything we can to make sure teachers have the information they need to access the vaccines, take the recordings and prepare to return to school, ”said Herndon. “This is not a requirement for all of our health officials and the people we work very closely with, including those in Baltimore County and at the state level. It is not a requirement that the vaccine safely return to school. "
Some teachers were lucky enough to get recordings in pharmacies and at the Timonium Fairgrounds.
The district said it was confident that teachers would find enough personal protective equipment upon their return. In the meantime, the teachers' union said it had heard from some educators who wanted to opt out of returning to face-to-face classes for health reasons, and others asked to leave.
"It's a process to go through and these people are worried about hearing the results of their inquiries," Sexton said.
The school system works to deal with requests on a case-by-case basis.
"We work with any teacher who may have trouble getting back into class and building themselves," said Herndon.
The district chief's office and health department said they are working with school officials to try to vaccinate even more teachers.
More than a quarter of a million people in Baltimore County have registered for coronavirus shots.
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