COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: When will educators be eligible?

Important update for educators 

Missouri NEA believes the vaccination of public-school staff is an important step in getting all schools back to in-person learning. It is critical to ensure the health and safety of Missouri educators, so they can continue the important work of educating Missouri’s youth.

This week, the State of Missouri announced new details about Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan and availability. Missouri school districts are currently awaiting the delivery of vaccination supplies. School districts may enlist the help of MNEA local affiliates to devise vaccine implementation plans for their school district staff. School nurses vaccinated during the Phase 1B-Tier 1 inoculation will assist with the vaccinations for school staff.

Phase 1B now includes the following priority tiers:



Included Population

Planned Activation Date

Tier 1

First responders and public health personnel (school nurses).


Tier 2

Missourians who are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Activated Mon., Jan. 18, 2021

Tier 3

Critical infrastructure workforce members, including teachers and school staff.

State Tier 3 activates March 15, 2021, but Pres. Biden has approved vaccination of all educators to begin now.

More information can be found at  

Posted Date: 1/15/2021
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