CVS in Mass. makes COVID-19 vaccines eligible to teachers under Biden’s direction

BOSTON (WHDH) - Teachers in Massachusetts are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine at CVS pharmacies just one day after President Joe Biden directed states to prioritize vaccinating all educators during the month of March.

CVS Pharmacy updated their vaccine eligibility list for Massachusetts Wednesday morning to include teachers K-12, daycare and preschool workers, and staff.

“We’re aligning with updated Federal Retail Pharmacy Program guidelines by making appointments available to pre-K through 12 educators and staff and childcare workers in all 17 states where we currently offer COVID-19 vaccines, including in MA and RI,” a CVS Pharmacy spokesperson said in a statement.

Biden announced Tuesday that his goal is for every educator to receive at least one shot by the end of March, and that the federal government would help in the effort through its partnership with retail pharmacies.

“This is a national imperative, we get our kids back into the classroom safely and as soon as possible,” he said Tuesday.

Biden added that while schools are safe to reopen even before staff have been vaccinated, “time and again, we’ve heard from educators and parents that have anxieties about that,” so to “accelerate” the safe reopening teachers should be prioritized.

More than 30 states had already prioritized vaccinating teachers but the Bay State was not one of them.

Baker announced the next day that Mass. educators will be eligible to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning March 11.

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