(KERO) — Kern County teachers will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
As Kern County Public Health continues its schedule for vaccinations, the county is entering into the tier designated for education, childcare, emergency services, and food and agriculture workers.
This tier is scheduled to start after the county begins vaccinating residents 65 and older, which is already underway. Although there is not an official start day for educators to get vaccinated, it is anticipated to begin very soon.
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools announced they are in the process of partnering with local school districts and community partners to plan for a COVID-19 Vaccination Program for public education employees throughout Kern County.
COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to school employees at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis through providers that will be listed on this page. School employees must show proof of employment to be immunized.
Putting teachers high on the vaccination list is just one of the latest moves by Newsom meant to help California schools reopen as quickly as possible. The governor recently announced the “Safe Schools for All” plan, which focuses on reopening schools to the state’s youngest students as soon as February.
President-elect Joe Biden also wants most schools to be reopened in his first 100 days in office. He is asking Congress to vote for funding, so that schools can purchase supplies and pay for the staff needed to reopen schools safely.
Kern County Public Health has announced it will open a public vaccination clinic at the Kern County Fairgrounds beginning on Jan. 20, which will eventually be capable of distributing up to 5,000 vaccinations per day.