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Los Angeles/Canadian-Media: During a time of limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, at least three private schools in Los Angeles (L.A.) County managed to get COVID-19 vaccinations with one school by using restricted access codes and two others certifying that their staff were responsible for health care-related duties, media reports said.
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The school administrators’ actions to quickly secure staff vaccinations during a time of severely limited doses proclaiming they responsibly followed strict safety protocols in operating their campuses is another example of the tough choices playing out as essential workers, people 65 and older and educators vie for vaccines available in California.
“While I do wish to be vaccinated as soon as it is possible under the national distribution effort, I and many other co-workers that I have talked with are morally opposed to jumping the line, especially when it would require being dishonest about our actual jobs,” a Westmark employee said, Herald-Mail Media News reported
Some school leaders said that as they all work directly with students who could potentially be infectious, they should be the first in line before the Health Coordinator in helping any sick students.
“They are in charge of daily wellness checks, are first to respond in case of a sick child, have direct exposure to potentially infectious children, and are trained in protocols regarding Covid-19 response on campus,” some school leaders reported.
Our community,” Alverno Heights said in a statement. “To do so, we encouraged our employees to follow all relevant guidelines and obtain the vaccine as soon as they were able and as vaccine supplies were available.”
In guidance provided to “community partners,” a state official wrote that as of Feb. 16, those eligible to use codes...would include “education and childcare workers,” allowed staff at Alverno and at least one other private school to set up appointments.
“We believe vaccinating teachers is a critical element to ensure the well-being of
However, that same guidance also states: “The focus of these vaccination sites is to provide equitable access to safe, life-saving vaccines to California communities that have been heavily impacted by COVID-19.”
Northridge Hospital Medical Center (NHMC) in L.A. also followed an unauthorized vaccine appointments directly to 14 private schools and day-care centers, including Wesley School in North Hollywood, where a senior hospital executive had a child enrolled.
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department also said these are violations of vaccination guidelines by the school administrators and the NHMC.