Date pushed back for Shelby County teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccine

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The date teachers could receive the COVID-19 vaccine has been pushed back, possibly to March, according to a report from the Commercial Appeal.

The Shelby County Health Department said it has to get through other priority groups before teachers can receive the shot.

According to the CA, school officials in Shelby County have factored teachers’ vaccinations into the plan to delay a return to in-person learning.

Last month, the SCHD said vaccinations for teachers could begin in February.

More than 6,000 teachers are employed by Shelby County Schools, and more than 14,000 people are employed by the district.

Approximately 4,500 to 5,000 employees are interested in getting the vaccine, according to the CA’s report.

In November, a survey showed that 80 percent of teachers said they would not return to the classrooms without vaccinations.

According to the CA, SCS Superintendent Joris Ray has asked Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to pledge his support to prioritize educators in the line for vaccines.

The SCHD is also reviewing three SCS locations that could become drive-thru sites for vaccinations.

FOX13′s Jeremy Pierre is LIVE throughout Good Morning Memphis with more updates on vaccines for teachers.