January 8, 2021

Montreal, January 8, 2021 – The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is asking the Government of QuĂ©bec to put all school staff on the priority list for the COVID 19 vaccine. These dedicated individuals are a class of provincial employee that are considered essential service employees.

With the current government priority rating for those set to receive the vaccine, in most cases teachers and school staff find themselves at step 9 unless there is an underlying health condition that will place them higher on the list.

“Given that schools are re-opening during a very intense second wave of the pandemic it is imperative that all employees who have direct contact with students should be classified as ‘essential service workers’ and have the option to be among the first to receive the vaccine to ensure their health and safety and that of our students and their family’s,” said QESBA President Dan Lamoureux.

QESBA is the voice of English public education in QuĂ©bec and represents 100,000 students in 340 elementary, high schools, and adult and vocational centres across Québec.