Teachers to be among first to get vaccine in Arizona, Ducey says

Doug Ducey
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Dec. 2 that teachers will be among the first to receive a coronavirus vaccine in Arizona. (YouTube screen shot)

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Dec. 2 that teachers will be among the first to receive a coronavirus vaccine in Arizona. (YouTube screen shot)

Teachers will be among the essential workers who will be at the front of the line for a coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Doug Ducey said at a news conference Dec. 2.

“We want our schools open and our teachers protected,” Ducey said.

Others who will be prioritized when a vaccine arrives in mid-to-late December will be health care workers, long-term care workers, the most vulnerable and law enforcement, Ducey said.

Ducey issued three executive orders, including one that will make the vaccination free to Arizonans. He said a full vaccination plan will come from Cara Christ—director of the Arizona Department of Health Services Director—later this week. Ducey said he is working with insurance companies for that to happen and that the vaccine will not be paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Another of the executive orders will allow restaurants to expand their outdoor seating past sidewalks and other public rights of way and will produce $1.2 in additional funding for restaurants to purchase outdoor heaters, furniture and barriers.

Ducey said the aim is to limit indoor seating and encourage outdoor dining.

The final executive order makes it so that organized public events of more than 50 people may only be approved by local cities, towns and counties if they have determined that safety precautions consistent with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ADHS are in place, and the event organizer has committed to implementing and enforcing these precautions.

Ducey also pledged an additional $60 million to health care organizations to hire more workers so they are staffed to handle the COVID-19 surge the state is experiencing.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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