SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - As Georgia continues to vaccinate seniors, healthcare workers, and first responders, a Savannah-Chatham school board member is urging the state to make the shots available to teachers.
Georgia’s next phase of vaccine administration is Phase 1b, which includes essential workers. But according to an SCCPSS board member, it’s unclear if teachers are included in the next group.
Dr. David Bringman was one of two school board members to vote not to reopen the district’s schools. He says he’d feel a lot better about reopening once all staff and faculty members have had a say on whether or not they want the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dr. Bringman says it’s unclear where teachers and other school faculty members fall in the state’s vaccine plan. Currently, the state is operating under Phase 1a+ plus, which means healthcare workers, first responders, and seniors 65 and over and their caregivers can make appointments for the vaccine.
Dr. Bringman is now encouraging parents to contact their state representatives and the governor’s office to ask to make the vaccine available to more educators.
“It’s sad that there are now 24 states ahead of us currently vaccinating teachers because they believe teachers need to be vaccinated now. So, I hope Georgia will get on that and will sooner than later vaccinate our teachers, staff, and anyone who works in the school system and comes in contact with students,” said Dr. David Bringman.
Dr. Bringman says the school district is happy to partner with the Georgia Department of Health to administer the vaccine.
Last week, several school district employees who were eligible to receive the vaccine in phase 1 a plus were able to get their shots at Windsor Forest. Dr. Bringman says he’d like to see a lot more of these clinics in the near future.