Data Show Plenty of Teachers Don’t Want the Vaccine

Despite intense pressure to vaccinate teachers, a number of educators in the Greater Sacramento area are choosing to forgo the coronavirus vaccine, a KCRA investigation reveals

KCRA reached out to school districts in Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Amador, El Dorado and Placer. It compiled a database showing how many teachers in each district had received or signed up to receive the vaccine and how many have chosen to opt out.

Data for some of the largest school districts are incomplete. But plenty of smaller districts show high rejection rates. At Denair Unified and Lincoln Unified, 50% have chosen not to sign up for the vaccine. At Hughson Unified, it’s 55%.

The vaccine is not mandatory and no districts said they have plans to alter educators’ contact with students or faculty if they refuse inoculation.

“It is America and you have to respect everyone's choice," Fitzgerald Delacruz, a teacher with the Elk Grove Unified School District, told KCRA. "It does make me think about their positioning and why they wouldn't take the vaccine, but I’m still hopeful that with the promise of the science and the effects of the vaccine that they'll come around sooner than later."


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