COVID-19

Kalamazoo teachers worried about vaccine rollout

With many schools set to reopen in March, Kalamazoo's teachers want more information on when they will be able to be vaccinated.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer wants all schools in Michigan to reopen for in-person instruction in March. That leaves teachers in Kalamazoo County wondering if they will be able to be vaccinated in time.

Teachers became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month when state health officials expanded the list of recipients to include many essential workers. However, supplies of the vaccine have been limited so far.

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Kalamazoo County’s Department of Health and Community Services (KDHCS) has said it would dedicate a quarter of its supplies to inoculate teachers, school staff, and child care workers. That doesn’t amount to much supply. To date, KDHCS has only received about 8,000 doses of the vaccine, most of which has already been administered.

Health officials are working with area school districts to make a plan to get teachers inoculated as quickly as possible, but the lack of supplies is stymieing those efforts.

You can read more on WOOD TV 8.

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