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A Case for Vaccinating Teachers First

Aaron Strong and Jonathan William Welburn, RAND |

Evidence suggests that with the right precautions the virus doesn’t spread much in classrooms. Still, cases will emerge, and if too many teachers fall ill, schools will struggle. For these same reasons society already places higher importance on vaccinating educators for other infectious diseases. States often require teachers to receive certain vaccinations that they don’t require of other essential workers….If vaccinating teachers allows schools to reopen, the social and economic benefits likely would outweigh reopening any other essential industry.

Aaron Strong and Jonathan William Welburn

Aaron Strong is an economist and Jonathan Welburn is an operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. Both are professors at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. This commentary originally appeared on The Wall Street Journal on November 19, 2020.

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