Only about 70% of school staff in Montgomery County, Maryland, chose to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite the teachers union objecting to opening schools for most of the year by citing educators’ commitment to extreme cautionary measures.
Montgomery County Public Schools Chief of Teaching, Learning and Schools Janet Wilson said last week that 25% to 30% of its employees — or more than 6,000 — had not been vaccinated, Bethesda Beat reported.
That’s despite the county offering the vaccines to teachers before regular citizens. Only 75% of employees ever requested a vaccine.
The suburban Maryland school system, one of the largest in the country, was closed for about a year, with teachers repeatedly objecting to administrators’ plans to reopen by saying they feared the virus.
The system had planned to reopen last fall, but relented when the union objected. That plan “is wholly inadequate to protect the health and safety of students and staff,” the Montgomery County Educators Association (MCEA) union wrote