South Carolina education superintendent pushes for teachers to get vaccine

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s education superintendent said she is saddened that other states, including North Carolina, are ahead of the Palmetto State when it comes to vaccinating teachers.

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Superintendent Molly Spearman said the state is catching up and was hopeful that two bills currently in the State House will push teachers into Phase 1A, which will allow them to get the vaccine within 30 days.

“I support that teachers and educators be given priority in the vaccines immediately,” Spearman said.

Spearman said the vaccine is not required to reopen schools, but it will help keep them open. About half of the state’s public schools have in-person lessons five days a week.

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In the video at the top of this webpage, the superintendent answers questions about getting students back to in-person learning.