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Nicole Miller, a first grade teacher at Campbell Elementary,, on the second day of in-person classes last October.

Texas teachers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, the Texas Department of State Health services announced Wednesday.


The state health department received a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday directing states to expand eligibility to include people who work in schools and child care operations.

The federal directive defines eligible personnel as those who work in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools; Head Start and Early Head Start teachers, staff and bus drivers; and those who work as or for licensed child care providers.

President Joe Biden called on states to prioritize vaccinating teachers on Tuesday as part of a renewed effort to reopen schools.

In Texas, other prioritized populations include health care workers, long-term care facility residents and staff; people 65 or older and those with a medical condition.

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