Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and County Health Officer Dr. Gregory Branch at January 19, 2021 news conference in Towson. Photo courtesy of Sean Naron/Baltimore County.

Baltimore County teachers and staff will begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine this week, but it is unclear how that will affect when school buildings reopen for students. All of the county’s school buildings have been closed since March.

County Executive Johnny Olszewski said at a news conference in Towson Tuesday those who will be vaccinated first will be the ones who will be working in the first schools that are to reopen under the school system’s reentry plan.

“This week. BCPS also will be sending staff to shadow our team at the Timonium vaccination center so they can learn best practices from our experts,” Olszewski said. “This will allow BCPS to stand up their own vaccinating clinics in partnership with the Department of Health in the coming days.”

Educators are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine because they are among those in Phase 1B. That phase went into effect Monday.

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