BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Teachers in Massachusetts are set to receive their COVID-19 vaccines during Phase 2 of the state's rollout plan.
However, Boston teachers are pushing to be in Phase 1 because many believe they should get the vaccine sooner since they are working with students in-person.
Currently, teachers in Massachusetts are lumped in with transit, grocery, utility, food and agriculture, sanitation, public works, and public health workers.
The head of the Boston Teachers Union, Jessica Tang, said the Union has made progress with the city in its efforts to get teachers who've returned to the classroom to be moved from Phase 2 to Phase 1 of the vaccination process.
Tang said that new studies show children can be super-spreaders of the virus, so it's very important for in-person teachers to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Phase 1 is still ongoing, with vaccinations in congregate care settings starting this week followed by home-based health care workers and health care workers not working directly with COVID-19 patients.
Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.