On Thursday of this week, the National Educations Association (NEW), one of the largest teachers unions in the U.S., endorsed the call for vaccine and testing requirements for those working in the nation’s public schools.
“As we enter a new school year amidst a rapidly spreading Delta variant and lagging public vaccination rates,” said NEA president Becky Pringle in a statement, “it is clear that the vaccination of those eligible is one of the most effective ways to keep schools safe, and they must be coupled with other proven mitigation strategies. Appropriate employee accommodations must be provided, and paid leave and readily available sites should be available for vaccinations. Employee input, including collective bargaining where applicable, is critical.”
Pringle added that the union supported regular testing for Covid-19 “in lieu of vaccination for those not yet vaccinated or those for whom vaccination is not medically appropriate or effective.”
And appearing Saturday on CNN, Pringle stated: “Our students under 12 can’t get vaccinated. It’s our responsibility to keep them safe. Keeping them safe means that everyone who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated.”
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