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Smart Talk: Targeting vaccines to teachers and childcare workers

Teachers will be prioritized to receive Pennsylvania's allocation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and clinics could begin as soon as next week.

 Jessica Griffin / Philadelphia Inquirer

Teachers will be prioritized to receive Pennsylvania's allocation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and clinics could begin as soon as next week.

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Airdate: Monday, March 8, 2021

Getting teachers back in the classroom and schools in session are top priorities for parents and administrators.

Last week, the Wolf administration, along with a bipartisan COVID-19 Task Force, announced that Pennsylvania’s shipment of the recently approved Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine will be earmarked for teachers and staff. 

The administration is coordinating with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the departments of Education and Health to establish vaccination sites. The Pennsylvania National Guard and AMI Expeditionary Healthcare (AMI) will administer the shots.

Joining Smart Talk Monday to discuss details and the plan moving forward are Pennsylvania acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega, followed by Republican state Senator Ryan Aument from Lancaster County, who is a member of the COVID-19 Task Force.

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