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Inslee makes educators COVID vaccine eligible after White House directive

Following a White House directive to state providers to make all preK-12 educators, school staff and childcare providers, eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced their immediate eligibility.

Inslee issued a statement that read, in part:

“Like President Biden, I am grateful for the hard work and sacrifice of educators every day, and especially during this pandemic. The president has directed us to add preK-12 educators, school staff and childcare workers to our current vaccine prioritization. This directive will be carried out through existing providers and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, which operates through national pharmacies and independent pharmacy chains.

“Therefore, we are adding educators and licensed childcare workers to Washington’s Phase 1B-1 immediately...The good news is that schools will be able to open and we are pleased that teachers will be back in the classroom. This should give educators more confidence to return to in-person learning and that it can be done with the safety protocols that are being used by 1,400 other schools in our state right now."