President Biden said Tuesday he is calling on all states to prioritize teachers for COVID-19 vaccinations so that all teachers and school staff will have received at least one dose by the end of March.
“My challenge to all states, territories, and the District of Columbia is this: We want every educator, school staff member, child care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March,” Biden said in remarks from the White House.
He noted that more than 30 states have already prioritized teachers for vaccinations, but said he is using the “full authority of the federal government” in “directing every state to do the same.”
He did not elaborate on what that authority is, though he did say the federal government will use its partnership with pharmacies across the country to allow teachers to get vaccinated at their local pharmacy throughout the month of March.
“Our goal is to do everything we can to help every educator receive a shot this month, the month of March,” Biden said.
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