College instructors question why they should wait longer for shots than Illinois K-12 educators

Under Illinois’ vaccination plan, most college instructors won’t be eligible to receive COVID-19 inoculations until phase 1c, though their counterparts in primary schools can get the shots now.

That distinction frustrates higher education employees who say faculty and staff with in-person roles must be vaccinated with the same urgency, regardless of what grade level they teach.

“With a high likelihood of COVID-19 outbreaks at colleges and universities, along with reported community spread associated with these outbreaks, prioritizing higher education faculty and staff for the vaccine is necessary for our students’ futures and our communities’ well-being,’ said John Miller, president of the University Professionals of Illinois, a union representing employees at seven of the state’s 12 public univerisities, along with other college workers.

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