COVID-19

COVID - 19 FAQ's

Updated: July 26, 2020

COVID - 19 Individual Updates

Below are updates from CCIU Administration, CCIUEA Leadership, and PSEA Leadership regarding COVID-19. 

Update: Monday, March 1, 2021: 

Dear Team CCIU,

Two additional updates:

  1. I am aware of the rumors circulating across the Commonwealth that suggest school employees and contractors may be prioritized to receive the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine. From what I understand, this plan has not yet been officially confirmed by the Governor. News articles like the one below are surfacing. As additional information becomes available, I will be sure to share it. Of course, as this materializes, the CCIU stands ready to support all of you and all of our colleagues in our county's schools!

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2021/03/01/pennsylvania-teachers-phase-1a-vaccinations-return-to-classroom/

Rep. O'Neal: Teachers To Move Into Phase 1A Of Vaccine Rollout In Order To Speed Up Return To Classroom

The teachers are expected to receive the newly-approved, one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in order to get them back to in-person teaching.
March 1, 2021 at 11:08 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) - Pennsylvania state Rep. Timothy O'Neal says teachers will soon be moving to the front of the line to get the coronavirus vaccine.

He tells KDKA's Andy Sheehan that teachers will be moved into the Phase 1A tier of the vaccine rollout.

According to Rep. O'Neal, teachers will get priority access to the state's initial shipment of 94,000 doses of the newly-approved, one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In order to get it, Rep. O'Neal says teachers much (sic.) guarantee that they will return to the classroom after getting it.

O'Neal says Gov. Tom Wolf will soon announce clinics run by PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) and the National Guard which will be held to vaccinate teachers in order.

  1. Also, we were just informed that the Governor has revised the mitigation order on gatherings and lifts out-of-state travel restrictions. We are reviewing the new orders at this time but I wanted to put the information in your hands as it has become available here.

Furthermore, as information becomes available, I will share as soon as possible. Stay well.

Sincerely,

Dr. George F. Fiore 

Update: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Dear CCIUEA Members,

As I'm sure you've heard, Pennsylvania has announced a new COVID-19 vaccine program just for school staff members like us. The Wolf administration has secured doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which are specifically set aside for us.

This is something we've been pushing for weeks. Now, we need to make sure that everyone who wants this vaccine takes advantage of the opportunity.

Here are some very important things to remember about this.

  • All staff members will receive an email with a link to a survey from our school administration.
  • This is a survey that school staff must complete, which includes a few simple questions. School staff members should complete this survey as soon as they receive the email, whether they want to receive the vaccine or not. If we miss this opportunity, we may not have another chance to participate in this special program. All school staff must make sure to respond to this email survey no later than Friday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Staff members in our local will have a designated date and time when staff members who want to receive the vaccine can be vaccinated. These dates and times will not change once they are scheduled and are not flexible. If you don't report to receive the vaccine on those dates and times, you will not be eligible to participate in this special program.

PSEA has been relentlessly advocating for PA Educators to receive the vaccination. I am grateful that they have worked so hard to get this vaccine to us.

Fill out the survey ASAP.

If you have any questions, as always, please reach out to me.

Stay well!

Kathy Dunkle
CCIUEA President
kathdunkle@gmail.com
484-947-4751

Update: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from PSEA President - Rich Askey

Your advocacy worked.

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will dedicate 94,600 doses of the recently approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as part of a special program only available for school staff members.

For the past six weeks, PSEA has strongly encouraged the governor and lawmakers to make this move. And they've listened. This announcement means that they now understand what we've been saying all along - that school staff members must be vaccinated as quickly as possible. This special program, which is only available for school staff members, is how we will do it.

This is an extremely important development that will ensure that school staff members like you are given top priority in receiving the vaccine - a major step toward getting all our schools open for in-person instruction.

Here's how the vaccination process will work:

  • For School Staff Members Only. This special vaccination program is for school staff members only. No other group of Pennsylvanians has access to this process, a signal that school staff members are a top priority for receiving the vaccine.
  • Sign Up ASAP. Soon, you will receive an email with a link to a survey from your school administration with a survey you must complete, directing you to answer a few simple questions. COMPLETE THIS VERY SHORT SURVEY AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE THE EMAIL, whether you intend to receive the vaccine or not.
  • If you miss this opportunity, you may not have another chance to participate in this special program for school staff members. Make sure you respond to this email no later than Friday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m.

  • How Soon? The first 94,600 doses will begin to be administered next week, with a goal of vaccinating all school staff members who want the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by the beginning of April, subject to vaccine availability. 
    • Locations. Twenty-eight locations will be identified through intermediate units. Each school district will be assigned a vaccine location in its intermediate unit. After you have completed the email survey and signed up, you will receive more information about exactly where and when you will be vaccinated.
    • Who will administer the vaccine? Pennsylvania state government will identify and coordinate with individuals who will administer the vaccines, with the assistance of the National Guard and a medical services vendor.

Rich Askey
PSEA President
400 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101