ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The state of Missouri receives about 85,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine every week, and the director of Missouri's Health and Senior Services, Dr. Randall Williams, said that is not enough to start vaccinating teachers.
"When we compare a teacher to a 70-year-old with heart disease, the biology of the disease is that it affects certain people differently," Williams said. "Until we have more vaccine is to get it in the arms of the people most likely to get sick when they have COVID-19."
Right now in Missouri, people in phase 1A and phase 1B tier 1 and 2 can get shots. That group includes first responders, law enforcement, those 65 or older, and anyone with underlying conditions.
Teachers are next in line for the vaccine, though Kirkwood School's superintendent, Dr. David Ulrich, thinks educators should be bumped up.