States Interactive

Where Teachers Are Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine

January 15, 2021 | Updated: April 05, 2021 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

From January through April 2021, Education Week tracked when K-12 educators, as a profession, became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

On March 8, 2021, teachers became eligible nationwide to receive the vaccine under the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. However, some states continued to provide vaccinations at their state-run sites based on their own rollout plans, under which some teachers were not yet eligible.

Twelve states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia made teachers eligible for vaccinations statewide in January, eight states did so in February, and 16 in March. Other states did not make teachers eligible all at once but incrementally, based on where they lived or how old they were.

Montana was the only state that did not prioritize teachers as a profession, but all teachers became eligible when the state opened vaccinations to the general public.

As of April 5, 2021, all K-12 teachers in the United States were eligible to receive the vaccine.

For more coverage of COVID-19 vaccines, see our topic page.

Table: Search Vaccine Eligibility in Your State

Download the Data

Data file last updated: April 5, 2021 11:15 am ET

Data Notes/Methodology:
Updated April 5, 2021

  • This review was focused on K-12 educators, and did not include school nurses, who were often included in a different phase with other health-care workers.
  • The data tracked the vaccine eligibility of public school teachers. In some places, private school teachers were eligible at the same time, but in others they were not.
  • Some educators experienced delays in scheduling vaccination appointments after becoming eligible.
  • Some educators were vaccinated earlier than the “teachers became eligible” date because they qualified for other reasons, such as age or having a chronic health condition.
  • The data were collected from official government communications and websites, rather than from local news outlets or other sources. In some cases, that meant the local landscape may have looked a little different than what the data showed.
  • The data was collected from Jan. 15 through April 5, 2021. The data download file was updated once a week and contains each week’s data in a separate tab.

Contact Information
For media or research inquiries about this data, contact library@educationweek.org.

How to Cite This Page
Where Teachers Are Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine (2021, January 15). Education Week. Retrieved Month Day, Year from www.edweek.org/policy-politics/where-teachers-are-eligible-for-the-covid-19-vaccine/2021/01

Data Compilation/Reporting: Holly Peele, Maya Riser-Kositsky
Design/Visualization: Emma Patti Harris
Editor: Liana Loewus

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
IT Infrastructure & Management Webinar
From Chaos to Clarity: How to Master EdTech Management and Future-Proof Your Evaluation Processes
The road to a thriving educational technology environment is paved with planning, collaboration, and effective evaluation.
Content provided by Instructure
Special Education Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table - Special Education: Proven Interventions for Academic Success
Special education should be a launchpad, not a label. Join the conversation on how schools can better support ALL students.
Special Education K-12 Essentials Forum Innovative Approaches to Special Education
Join this free virtual event to explore innovations in the evolving landscape of special education.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

States Q&A 'Politics Does Not Belong in Education,' Says a Departing State Schools Chief
Improving student outcomes requires finding common ground, says Missouri's long-serving education commissioner, Margie Vandeven.
9 min read
Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven talks to students participating in Future Farmers of America during an event in February 2024, in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven talks to students participating in Future Farmers of America during an event in February 2024, in Jefferson City, Mo. Vandeven is stepping down from her position after more than eight years on the job.
Courtesy of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
States Should Voters Decide What Schools Teach?
Californians may vote to require a new high school finance course. Critics argue it sets a bad precedent.
6 min read
A man stands behind a row of electronic voting machines covered with yellow privacy shields as he uses a touch screen to vote.
A lone voter casts his ballot for Super Tuesday at a polling station in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on March 5, 2024.
Richard Vogel/AP
States Is Bipartisan Education Policy Still Possible?
It's still possible to forge cross-party education policy coalitions, advocates said.
5 min read
Image of a small U.S. flag in a pencil case.
iStock/Getty
States States Direct Districts to Defy New Title IX Rule on Transgender Students
Some districts could be in a perilous legal squeeze play between their states and the feds.
4 min read
Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters presides over a special state Board of Education meeting on April 12, 2023, in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Ryan Walters presides over a state Board of Education meeting about Title IX regulations on April 12, 2023, in Oklahoma City. The state is among several whose leaders plan to defy new Biden administration regulations on Title IX, which covers sex discrimination.
Sue Ogrocki/AP