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Which states are giving college workers early access to the COVID-19 vaccine? – Higher Ed Dive

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Dive Brief:

  • Colleges’ non-healthcare employees may have early access to the coronavirus vaccine in some states, though distribution strategies vary widely.
  • New York began offering the vaccine Monday to college instructors who teach in-person. Oklahoma and South Dakota also list college staff among their priority groups.
  • Campus workers in healthcare fields and some older adults would likely be eligible sooner, however. Vaccinating colleges’ frontline healthcare workers continues to be a priority.

Dive Insight:
States get to decide how they distribute the vaccine. However, they are expected to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which calls for prioritizing healthcare and essential frontline workers along with residents of long-term care facilities and older adults.

Those who work in education, including teachers and support staff, are considered essential frontline workers in a CDC advisory committee’s latest recommendations. That could include certain college employees, said Anita Barkin, co-chair of the American College Health Association’s COVID-19 Task Force.

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