Statement from Mayor London Breed on Implementation of State Educator Vaccination Plan
San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today issued the following statement regarding San Francisco’s implementation of the State’s educator vaccination plan. The State is providing prioritization access codes to county Offices of Education throughout California to then be distributed through local school districts and private and parochial schools to educators to sign up for vaccinations. Since San Francisco does not have a County Office of Education, the City has been seeking clarity on how these codes would be received locally, and last night the City finalized the distribution plan with the State.
“Last night, we received our first vaccine priority access codes from the State for our educators who are in the classroom or who are heading back soon. We’ve distributed this first set of codes to the San Francisco Unified School District for distribution to public school educators and support staff, including charter schools, that are slated to return to the classroom first, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health is working directly with our parochial and private schools to make sure their teachers who are teaching in person have access. These codes can be used to schedule appointments at Moscone Center and other Bay Area sites now. While these access codes are meant to prioritize those teaching in person or those returning to the classroom soon by opening reserved appointments only, all educators can continue to have access to vaccination appointments as they have had since last week.
While we know that vaccines are not a requirement for our schools to reopen, we also know that moving to vaccinate teachers is a priority and we are appreciative of Governor Newsom’s support in helping us meet this goal. We still need a clear timeline from the District on reopening. All of our kids need to be back in the classroom safely as soon as possible, and that includes working to get them back in five days a week for full days as soon as possible. We’ve lost so much this year, and we have to do everything we can to get that done.”