World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 25 Mar, 2021 03:15 am

Montreal authorities forced to backtrack on excluding teachers from vaccination pilot project

Montreal authorities forced to backtrack on excluding teachers from vaccination pilot project
Local officials were forced to acknowledge that parents are contracting the more contagious and lethal B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant from their children, who had been infected at school.

7 variant first identified in the UK, were selected for the pilot project.This was solely due to a wave of public outrage in response to the pilot project, with community members and people across Quebec taking to social media to denounce the exclusion of teachers.But the decision by the Montreal authorities to include teachers in the pilot project has merely underlined the complete inability of the capitalist ruling class to organize a rational and effective response to the pandemic.Teachers at one of the most impacted schools remain excluded from the pilot project, prompting a change.

Public health authorities in Montreal announced March 18 that they were launching a targeted vaccination campaign to inoculate the parents of school children in the neighbourhoods hardest hit by the more infectious and deadly COVID-19 variants.A response to the major role that open schools are playing in the transmission of COVID-19, the health authorities’ action underscores the threat in-class instruction represents to communities.

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