Who will receive the vaccine?
This special vaccination program is for school staff members only. No other group of Pennsylvanians has access to this process, a signal that school staff members are a top priority for receiving the vaccine.
All school staff members will be able to register to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The goal is to provide the vaccine to all school staff within the first week of April.
IUs will work with Pre-K to 12 school entities to identify staff who want to receive the vaccine.
The following school staff members will have the first opportunity to receive the vaccine:
- Pre-K-12 teachers of students with disabilities and English learners and related in-classroom support staff;
- Elementary teachers and related in-classroom support staff, beginning with the youngest students;
- Bus drivers/transporters, and support staff and contracted service providers who have direct contact with elementary students; and
- Other priority school staff who have regular, sustained in-person contact with students during the school day.
Other school staff members will be next in line for the program, WITH THE GOAL OF PROVIDING THE VACCINE TO ALL SCHOOL STAFF WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL.
School staff will receive an email from their school administration allowing them to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at locations within their IU. Vaccination appointments will likely be scheduled between 2-8 p.m. on weekdays, and between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on weekends. School staff are encouraged to consider travel time to the appointments they schedule, allowing times later in the day to be used for staff members who will need to travel longer distances to the vaccine locations.
Who will administer the vaccine?
Pennsylvania state government will identify and coordinate with individuals who will administer the vaccines, with the assistance of the National Guard and a medical services vendor.