I read that, too. And I heard some mention of it on the governor’s press conference today.
The big news at this presser is that the feds told the governor that there will be no large allotment of vaccine doses that they promised just a few days ago for delivery on the 23rd.
Therefore Governor Brown has decided that a 100,000 teachers and related school staff will start receiving their vaccinations before the 65+ group. This received many clarifying questions from the press. Kate Brown has previously committed to reopening in person school session starting February 15. The teachers union pushed back as that threatens their health with Covid-19 infection. The governor appears to be delivering this earlier spot in the vaccination queue as leverage to reopen schools as she has promised.
One of the reporters made the point that the age 65+ cohort is suffering deaths every day from Covid-19 and a two-week delay in starting their vaccinations will equate to dozens of deaths that could be avoided. She countered with the damage to the mental health of some students and related stories of threatened suicides in 11-14 year old students.
It sucks that students and their families are pitted against seniors where most of the deaths are occurring. The saving grace is that the school group is only 100,000 while the senior group is much larger at 800,000.
So, the current plan is to start vaccinating teachers and school staff (100,00) in the last week of January and finish with them by February 8.
Then the senior citizens (800,00) would start stratified by age in four sequential groups: first age 80+, second 75+, third 70+, and finally 65+. The speed at which vaccinations will move through these consecutive age groups will be primarily determine by vaccine availability with the quickest schedule at one week per group and the slowest schedule taking 12 weeks for all four groups.
The wild card in all this calculus is the incoming Biden administration may be able to speed up vaccine deliveries and ease conflicts over who gets the vaccine first.
I’m mildly disappointed with the direction this is taking but I’m happy that we’re talking about at least two successful vaccines on the market. I’m also grateful that I don’t have to work and I can minimize my exposure to this virus. I can deal with a few more months of this lifestyle and so many people are living through real personal tragedy.
@MM1 - That ABC News article you linked to has been overtaken by events. Azar told Governor Brown after that there were no vaccines in the federal reserve.