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Alhambra Teachers Push Back On Gov. Newsom: 'Make Us A Priority' For Vaccines

Tammy Scorcia, president of the Alhambra Teachers Association and Alhambra Unified Board of Education president Ken Tang. (Libby Denkmann/LAist)
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LAUSD teachers aren’t alone in pushing back on Governor Newsom's assertion that schools can reopen before all teachers are vaccinated for COVID-19.

On Saturday morning, Tammy Scorcia, president of the Alhambra Teachers Association, was handing out bags of groceries at a drive-up food distribution event for students and families. Each bag contained fruit, vegetables, macaroni and cheese, and canned protein.

Scorcia said the pandemic is highlighting pre-existing gaps in social services.

“The inequity is growing,” she said, pointing out immigrants without documentation are not eligible for CalFresh or federal nutrition benefits.

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She said teachers must be vaccinated to return to in-person classroom instruction.

“Make us a priority. Get our teachers shots -- because they’re ready to get back,” she said.

For now, the COVID-19 case count in L.A. County is still too high to qualify for school reopening under state law. And on Tuesday, Newsom said if vaccinations are a prerequisite to schools reopening, then resumption of in-person learning is "very unlikely."