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Jersey City to Devote Vaccine Allotment to Teachers the Week of March 15

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The city is aiming to vaccinate as many teachers as possible before school reopens April 22.

Jersey City is going all out to get its 4700 public school teachers and staff vaccinated before the scheduled reopening of school on April 22.

Mayor Steve Fulop says it all starts March 15 -- only teachers will get shots that week.

“The first week we are gonna dedicate all the vaccines we have, which will be several thousand, and so that’ll start the process for the teachers,” he said, “and then going forward, in subsequent weeks, we’ll fill in with Board of Education teachers, charter school teachers, as they provide them to us.”

He said they hope to give 3000 vaccines next week, which would make a significant dent in vaccinating teachers, who would get their second dose the week before school reopens.

Fulop said the recruitment of teachers for vaccination will be the responsibility of the school system.

“We’re not doing the outreach to the teachers, the public school system is,” he said, “because they have the relationships there and they have the best means to communicate and sign them up.”