Senator Nelson: ‘Prioritize Educators, Support Staff for Vaccine’


Hagåtña, Guam – Heeding the cries and concerns of educators and support staff who resumed face-to-face instruction this week, Senator Telena Cruz Nelson has urged for their vaccination to be prioritized and expedited.

“Our teachers and support staff have been mandated the monumental task of returning to their classrooms and schools where they face heightened exposure as we remain in the midst of this pandemic,” said Senator Nelson, chairperson of the Committee on Education. “These educators and support staff are frontline and essential employees who have courageously committed to their lines of work, though they haven’t yet been considered for vaccine priority. We must commit to prioritizing their safety in order to protect them and our children.”

In a letter issued to all members of the Vaccine and Antiviral Prioritization Policy Committee (VAPPC), Senator Nelson highlighted the more than 3,350 public school students who are currently registered for face-to-face instruction and in close physical proximity to educators and support staff. The senator pointed to updated vaccine allocation recommendations issued by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The revised advisory states that the COVID-19 vaccine be offered to non-healthcare frontline essential workers in Phase 1b, which includes teachers and support staff. The Department of Public Health and Social Services is currently conducting vaccination clinics for Phase 1b and 1c.

“We continue monitoring our schools and engaging with our educators, and we are earnestly looking to the actions and direction of the VAPPC,” Senator Nelson said, advocating for the vaccination of public and private school educators and support staff.

For more information, please contact Tihu Lujan at The Office of Senator

Telena Cruz Nelson at (671) 989-7696 or senatortcnelson@guamlegislature.org.

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