Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools
LACOE and LA County Public Health yesterday announced a strategy aimed at ensuring equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to school employees as a step in supporting the safe return to in-person instruction in communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
I'm grateful for our strong partnership with Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer and her team so we could jointly develop a plan focused on equity. I believe our plan supports districts as they work with labor partners to safely reopen campuses.
The plan calls for the allocation of available vaccine doses to public school districts weekly using a formula that considers poverty level, COVID case rate in the community and whether on-campus instruction or services are being provided.
As we near the one-year mark since the forced closure of schools, it is truly heartening that our essential education workforce will begin to be inoculated on March 1. It's a positive step toward recovering from the academic and social-emotional challenges created by the pandemic.
You may read more about the vaccine distribution plan in our news release.