Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccination for Vermont Teachers and School Staff

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Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccination for Vermont Teachers and School Staff

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Samantha Brehm started this petition to Governor Phil Scott

We the undersigned, petition Governor Phil Scott of Vermont to prioritize the COVID-19 vaccination for K-12 teachers and school staff, in accordance with the CDC and Federal guidelines.

The State of Vermont relies on data from surveillance testing of teacher and school staff to justify the administration’s position to exclude teachers and school staff from early vaccination. Currently, surveillance testing only includes positive results from those individuals who opt in or are asymptomatic. Surveillance testing excludes teachers who fail the daily health screening or self report more than one symptom. These individuals are required to quarantine. When required, testing is administered in accordance with the Vermont Department of Health Guidelines. Positive tests, with no close contacts in school, are reported in the data set for Vermont’s general population and are not included in the school surveillance testing. Consequently, the results of teacher and school staff surveillance testing is underreported. 

There is insufficient data to justify the exclusion of teachers and school staff from being prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. We call on Governor Scott to follow the CDC and Federal guidelines to ensure the inclusion of teachers and school staff in the next phase of vaccinations after Group 1a.

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This petition had 6,028 supporters