January 21, 2021

Rep. Amore Supports EP School Department and Committee’s Push to Include Teachers and Support Staff in Phase One COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

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State House – Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) is supporting an effort by the East Providence School Department and School Committee to have teachers and support staff included in the state’s Phase One COVID-19 vaccination plan. Currently, only hospital workers, first responders, and residents and employees of long term care facilities are included in Phase One of the plan.

“As we continue to grapple with this pandemic, the vaccine has brought hope to so many that returning to our normal way of life is within reach, but in order to accomplish this, we must make the best use of our limited amount of vaccine doses. It is within this spirit that I am supporting the East Providence School Department and School Committee by urging health officials to include teachers and educational support within the Phase One COVID-19 vaccination plan,” said Representative Amore.

“The Department of Homeland Security considers educators ‘critical infrastructure workers’ but they have been left out of the vaccination plan. And with so many children returning, or have already returned, to in-person learning, we must protect the health and safety of our educational staff who are so crucial to the healthy development process of our youth. I support the East Providence School Department’s efforts by urging the Department of Health to protect these crucial members of our community by adding them to the Phase One vaccination plan – they and our children deserve it,” concluded Representative Amore.

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