Statement Regarding Educators Receiving the Vaccine Beginning Feb. 8

January 29, 2021

Statement from Amie Baca-Oehlert, high school counselor and president of the Colorado Education Association (CEA), on Educators Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines Beginning Feb. 8:

“We want to thank Gov. Polis for listening to the voices of educators on COVID-19 safety in schools. For the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to take a tremendous toll on educators, students, and their families. While we believe that ALL essential workers should be a priority for the COVID-19 vaccine, this is a gigantic step toward our longstanding goal of getting our students back into classrooms, where the best learning takes place.

“Especially with more contagious variants of the virus, we still have work to do in order to return to classrooms with as much uninterrupted learning as possible. We call on communities to commit to lowering the spread of COVID-19 by everyone doing the simple stuff like wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing and limiting gatherings. Our goal has always been to be back in classrooms with our students but all of us need to do our part to make every public school a safe place for students and school staff, no matter what neighborhood it serves.”

About the Colorado Education Association
The Colorado Education Association is a membership-based organization that represents 39,000 Colorado educators. The CEA promise to our students and communities is that the members of the Association will lead the way in guaranteeing every student access to the best public education. By working collectively with all education stakeholders, we will provide the best public education for every student and assure Colorado’s standing as an excellent state in which to learn, live, work, and raise a family.

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