WBUR reports a senior Baker aide accused teachers of trying to push old people and people with serious underlying conditions out of the way in their mad dash to get vaccinated now that the state is going to force all schools to return to in-class learning and the governor isn't having it.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association, the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts, the Boston Teachers Union and Massachusetts AFL-CIO replied in so many words, that Baker might wish to get a hearing check.
The unions say they never suggested grabbing precious vaccine vials away from grannie and grampie, just that the doses that had been allocated - however reluctantly and only after the president himself declared teachers should get some level of priority - for teachers be administered to them at local schools by firefighters, rather than at the state's regional mass-vaccination sites.
Several union leaders had a cordial meeting with Secretary Marylou Sudders this morning concerning the Last Mile Vaccine Delivery Plan, which has been endorsed by health experts across the state. Secretary Sudders asked if we thought she should divert vaccines from other high-need groups to give to educators, and we emphatically declined.
We suggested, instead, that some of the doses designated for educators via the mass vaccination sites be sent to local communities so they could be administered to school employees efficiently and effectively at the local level, with facilitation by firefighters and nurses.