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Want to open schools? Vaccinate teachers | READER COMMENTARY

Betty Bourgeois, 87, left, of Joppa, takes cell phone photos of daughter Jeannine Bourgeois-Wills, center, getting the COVID-19 vaccine shot from school nurse Maureen Tritto, right, at Patterson Mill High School. Betty also got a vaccine shot. Harford County is utilizing school nurses and facilities to administer the vaccine as Gov. Larry Hogan expanded eligibility to more older adults and school staff. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)
Betty Bourgeois, 87, left, of Joppa, takes cell phone photos of daughter Jeannine Bourgeois-Wills, center, getting the COVID-19 vaccine shot from school nurse Maureen Tritto, right, at Patterson Mill High School. Betty also got a vaccine shot. Harford County is utilizing school nurses and facilities to administer the vaccine as Gov. Larry Hogan expanded eligibility to more older adults and school staff. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun) (Kenneth K. Lam)

Several changes have occurred recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Larry Hogan wants to reopen schools in March, yet most vaccination sites have shut down appointments (”Maryland Gov. Hogan calls on schools to bring students back to classrooms by March under hybrid learning plan,” Jan. 21). The governor expanded eligibility to a larger population starting Jan.18 for those over 75 and Jan. 25 for those over 65 while at the same time accessibility to vaccine has been severely limited in Baltimore and Baltimore County. Recently, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced the reopening of indoor and outdoor dining while all appointments to get vaccinated by the Baltimore City Health Department have been unavailable after Jan. 29.

None of this makes sense. If you want to open schools, vaccinate teachers and staff and show the teachers you have a plan and available vaccine to accomplish it before schools reopen.

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Dr. Thomas Blanck, Baltimore

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