Governor Ned Lamont held a conference in Waterbury days before the vaccine rollout for teachers and child care workers begins on Monday.
Starting on Monday, those who work as pre-K to grade 12 school staff and teachers, and professional child care providers will also be eligible for the vaccine.
This priority list includes teachers, paraeducators, custodial services, food services employees, bus drivers, in-class volunteers, in-school administrative staff and professional health care providers.
The state said there will be dedicated clinics and those working in eligible fields should receive information from their employer on how to set up an appointment at one of those clinics.
It will not include employees who do not need to be in a school building, those who are telecommuting or school board members.
Lamont said this is an effort to get schools reopened as quickly as possible and preventing school staff quarantine shutdowns.
“What this means for our schools is so important,” Lamont said.
“It means we’re able to vaccinate the teachers, the janitors, the food service workers. Those that take you to school, the paraeducators – everybody who is part of the school ecosystem so you know that you can be in school safely, your kids know that they can go to school safely, we can keep our schools open and we’re just getting started,” Lamont said.
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