Aurora Public School employees may need a COVID vaccine until the FDA has given full approval

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said in an email to CPR that employers can require their employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination for personal work, but an employee may be eligible for an exemption under American law Disabilities and Citizens’ Rights Act of 1964.

Bruce Wilcox, president of the local teachers’ union, the Aurora Education Association, believes vaccines are an important component of the safety of students and educators and wants districts to work with employees when employees are not receiving the vaccine for medical or medical purposes can be religious reasons.

“We will work to ensure that all educators are aware of their rights so that they can make an informed decision,” he said.

Munn said the district has now released the information to give staff time to make plans for the vaccination before the start of the school year in August.

Amie Baca-Oehlert, president of the Colorado Education Association and a high school advisor, says it is advisable that districts like Aurora Public Schools take steps to keep students and educators safe. She said vaccinations are just one of many components to safely returning to full-time personal learning.

“We also want to ensure that educators and students are given the opportunity to work with their districts and that special precautions can be taken if the educator or student is unable to receive the vaccine due to medical or religious exceptions.”

Vaccines required in some colleges

The University of Colorado announced on April 28 that all students, faculties, and staff at all four locations and in system administration must have COVID vaccinations before the fall semester of 2021 begins.

So far, Aurora Public Schools appear to be unique among Metro Denver public school districts in that they require vaccination.

The Denver Public Schools said no vaccines are required for teachers or students. Dr. However, Denver Health’s Steven Federico said he expected more governing bodies to investigate the issue of a vaccine mandate.

“I think we will continue to see various organizations move in this direction – health institutions, possibly public education,” he said. “I think this will be a big talking point for the next three to six months.”

Adams 14 School District in Commerce City, Adams 12 Five Star and 27J in Brighton districts said they currently have no plans to request vaccines. Jefferson County Schools discussed the options for the fall. Littleton Public Schools spokeswoman Diane Leiker said that all staff have had the opportunity to receive the vaccine since February and that the staff has not yet been vaccinated.

“It is still up to the employee to decide whether or not to be vaccinated,” she said.

Westminster Public Schools officials said the district will need the vaccine for new hires and it strongly encourages staff and students to get the vaccine.

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