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Mid-South teachers & parents push for vaccinations for educators before reopening schools

During a virtual meeting Friday, parents said that schools are COVID-19 hotspots, and that educators and children could bring the virus home to their families.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mid-south educators and parents are putting up a united front in making sure teachers are vaccinated before reopening.

Despite comments from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the CDC about schools being able to safely open without vaccinating teachers, educators said this will disproportionately hurt larger districts like Shelby and Davidson counties.

During a virtual meeting Friday, parents said that schools are COVID-19 hotspots, and that educators and children could bring the virus home to their families.

There's also the problem of poor ventilation systems in old school buildings that could circulate COVID, and makes the need for vaccines more urgent.

Right now, teachers are expected to get vaccinated early next month. 

Early Treatment for COVID-19 An effective early treatment is available for persons who test positive and have the following risk factors: Anyone over age 12 with obesity, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or whose immunity is compromised by disease or prescription treatments.