WASHINGTON — Today, United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) released the following statement after President Joe Biden announced that he is using federal authority to mandate that states prioritize vaccinating teachers and school support staff. Under the Biden Administration’s plan, every pre-K through 12th grade teacher and support staff member is to receive their first dose of the vaccine by the end of March, through retail pharmacies.
This announcement comes after Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s repeated requests to prioritize the safety of teachers and school support staff, including both prioritization for the vaccine and school compliance with the public safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In January, Congresswoman Bourdeaux wrote to President Biden urging his administration to prioritize vaccinating teachers and school support staff. In February, the Congresswoman wrote to Governor Kemp, requesting that schools protect teachers and support staff, which was soon followed by Georgia adding teachers and support staff to the vaccine eligibility list.
“From the beginning of the COVID crisis, I’ve consistently said that we must protect our teachers and support staff like the essential workers they are,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “While the original immunization guidelines laid out by the CDC classified teachers and school support staff as essential workers, too many states — including Georgia — chose to bypass those working in our schools, even as they reopened in-person learning. I thank President Biden for making the truth clear: teachers and support staff are essential workers. They deserve to be protected as such.”
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.