Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH)—in partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), the 13 local public school districts, private school entities, and healthcare partners—is announcing that vaccinating will begin for educators on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. While this is a critical first step in the efforts to get schools reopened, it’s important to note that access to vaccinations will depend on the availability of vaccine doses. It is hoped that as allocated doses increase, the ability to vaccinate all eligible parties will move more quickly.
“Vaccinating our educators and childcare providers is an important step in the effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and help return our communities back to their normal lives,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “While the effort will be slow, every person that gets vaccinated is a step in the right direction.”
“Vaccinations are an important layer of safety for our educators. We are grateful to Sacramento County Public Health for collaborating on an efficient system to get vaccinations to all of our staff members,” said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools.
Individuals employed in Sacramento County who meet one of the following criteria will be eligible to schedule an appointment to be vaccinated:
- All staff in preschool, elementary, middle, and high schools
- All formal and informal childcare workers, including daycare providers
- Any other workers involved in child and/or student care, including school bus drivers and monitors, crosswalk guards, etc.
- All staff in educational support services and administration
Due to limited vaccine supply, colleges, universities, post-secondary education facilities, and technical and trade schools will become eligible at a future date.
Vaccination appointments will be required. Sacramento County Public Health will provide appointment portals directly to school districts and childcare providers to assist with appointment scheduling.
For more information about COVID-19, vaccines, and testing, visit the Sacramento County COVID-19 website.