Orange County School Board to send governor letter asking to let teachers get vaccine

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--Manager of Orange County Public Schools

A letter asked Governor Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) to allow more teachers to be deemed eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, people 65 years of age and older in Florida, medical staff, long-term care facility staff and residents can be vaccinated.

OCPS hopes that all school district employees who have direct contact with students are eligible for vaccinations.

School officials said that if the request cannot be approved, they hope that DeSantis will allow employees deemed at risk due to their age and/or underlying health conditions to be eligible to use the vaccine with people 65 and older.

"I think this is a very reasonable request. To be honest, I think it is irresponsible to fail to do this," said Teresa Jacobs, chair of the school board.

Linda Kobert, a member of the school board, said that several employees wanted to return to the teaching site in person, but did not do so until they received the vaccine. At a meeting on Tuesday, she was a member of the school board and signed this letter.

"I think this is critical," Kobert said.

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