BOSTON (AP) — Unions representing teachers and firefighters in Massachusetts have proposed having firefighters administer coronavirus vaccines to educators, who become eligible to sign up for their shots later this week.
Union leaders are scheduled to meet Wednesday with the state’s Health and Human Services secretary to discuss the plan, which they say would make the process of inoculating teachers faster and more convenient.
“Our educators are working during the day, and the majority of them are already in schools ... and they can’t be at a computer all day hitting ‘refresh’ trying to get an appointment,” Beth Kontos, president of the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, told The Boston Globe. “It would be much better if we could deliver our vaccine to school sites.”
Unions have met four times with state Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders already about the proposal, she said.
About 400,000 teachers, school staff and day care workers are eligible to sign up for vaccinations starting Thursday.
The proposal is based on the process that was sued to vaccinate first responders, many of whom got shots in their workplaces.
Kate Reilly, a state COVID-19 Response Command Center spokesperson, said in a statement that Sudders “has recurring meetings" with education officials and unions.