The partnership established through DC Health will enable public charter school staff access to life-saving COVID-19 vaccine
Washington, DC — DC Health has established a partnership with One Medical, a membership-based primary care practice, to distribute the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine to the district’s nearly 10,000 public charter school staff. The vaccine will be distributed in waves, with teachers and staff who work in school buildings where in-person learning is taking place in the first wave of eligibility. Appointments open for registration on Monday, January 25, and the vaccine will begin to be administered on Tuesday, January 26.
“Vaccinating teachers and school staff is an essential step to opening school buildings to students, and we are grateful for Mayor Bowser, as well as Deputy Mayor of Education Paul Kihn, DC Health, OSSE, and the DC Public Charter School Board for prioritizing public school educators in the vaccine distribution,” said Shannon Hodge, the founding Executive Director of the DC Charter School Alliance. “We believe that every person should have access to the vaccine, and will continue to work with Mayor Bowser and her team to ensure that Washingtonians and the frontline workers that power the district have access to the care they need.”
Public charter schools, which serve nearly half of all DC public school students, have been serving students in virtual and in-person learning environments since the fall. Each school is operated by a nonprofit organization and has the flexibility to create its own plan for serving students through the public health emergency. Many charter schools have hosted in-person learning hubs for students with disabilities, students at risk of falling behind, and the children of essential workers. Universally, school leaders have pointed to access to vaccines, along with asymptomatic testing, as essential to fully reopening school buildings.
The DC Charter School Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for DC charter schools and their students. Learn more at www.dccharters.org.