Nearly 80 percent of Pre-K-12 teachers, school staff, and child care workers received at least their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March, according to latest estimated by CDC data and survey data.
“Our push to ensure that teachers, school staff, and child care workers are vaccinated in March pays off and paves the way for safer self-learning,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH. “The CDC will build on the success of this program and work with our partners to continue to expand our vaccination efforts, as we work to ensure the reliability of COVID-19 vaccines.”
On March 2, President Biden ordered all states to make Pre-K-12 teachers, school staff, and child care workers qualified for immunization and gave priority to immunization for them in within the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program in the month of March. After the directive, the number of states in which it is responsible workers will increase by more than 50 percent. Many jurisdictions have made meaningful efforts, including the continuation of school-specific immunization events, that have contributed to the success of the national effort, in addition to prioritizing the content of the pharmacy program.
More than 2 million teachers, school staff, and child care workers were vaccinated through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program in the month of March. In addition, 5-6 million were vaccinated through their state programs by the end of March.
The CDC, in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, the Department of Education, and our non-federal partners, facilitated surveys of Pre-K-12 teachers, school staff, and school staff. child care at the end of March. The CDC received nearly 13,000 responses from education staff and nearly 40,000 responses from child care workers. The responses closely matched the available national race / ethnicity and demographic data of this specific worker.