With COVID-19 cases finally falling and community spread decreasing, many schools plan to reopen as early as April 1st!
In preparation for schools reopening, educators are now considered essential workers and eligible for vaccination in California.
From March 1st, anyone 16-64 years old who works in education and childcare, including substitute teachers, is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Supply and requirements vary by county but all educators are approved to schedule appointments to receive a vaccine.
where to get vaccinated
Where you will be vaccinated depends on your county and the available supply at the time you schedule your appointment.
Californians can make COVID vaccine appointments at https://myturn.ca.gov/
The link will redirect you to a short eligibility form. At the bottom, there's a section to input an "Accessibility Code." Some schools will give codes to their full-time teachers for dedicated access to the appointment website. Use your code if you have one, but it's not required for you to be eligible.
After completing the first form, you'll be given the nearest locations that are administrating vaccines. Then you can check the availability of each location.
requirements to prove eligibility
At your appointment, you could be asked to prove that you're employed as an educator. Proof of eligibility varies from county to county so please check your local requirements.
From the counties we have reviewed, we anticipate you should take with you as many of these documents as possible:
- Your most recent paystub
- Your original employment letter
- Proof of active employment with school or teacher agency
- Scoot ID badge (if you're working with Scoot and have one)
If you're a Scoot educator, you should've received an email about the vaccine update which includes instructions on how to download your eligibility documents.
If you didn't receive this email, please contact us via email at [email protected] or via phone at (310) 477-7707.
1) Is the vaccine free? Do I need health insurance?
The vaccine doesn't cost you anything. The COVID-19 vaccine will be free for all, regardless of whether you have private health insurance, are uninsured, or are on Medicare.
2) What if I decide not to get vaccinated?
We're unsure of how that will impact the jobs available through Scoot. Unvaccinated teachers will likely only be eligible to teach virtually. Currently, open schools are requiring regular testing. We assume that in the future, you'll either be required to get the vaccine or be tested regularly.
3) Does it matter which vaccine I get?
For Scoot, no. It doesn't matter which brand of vaccine you receive.
4) If I get vaccinated, is there immediate in-person work available?
It depends on where you live, but very likely! Keep in mind after receiving the 2nd shot, there's a recommended waiting period of 10-15 days before you're protected against the virus.
5) Will a vaccination mean I won't have to get COVID tested regularly?
Possibly, we aren't sure yet.
Have any other questions?
Email us at [email protected]. We love helping you!