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OPSEU/SEFPO urging all education workers to get vaccinated

Health care worker wearing mask, face shield and gloves administers vaccine for a woman

Toronto – OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is strongly encouraging all education workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.

“Education workers, you are the soul of our education system. Please take the time to get vaccinated,” says Thomas. “It’s the best way to protect yourself, your students, your loved ones, and your community. Getting vaccinated saves lives and should be our number-one priority on the road to overcoming this pandemic.

“I encourage you to visit your public health unit website every day to find a vaccination centre or pop-up clinic near you.”

Last month, OPSEU/SEFPO launched an ad campaign encouraging all Ontarians to get vaccinated.

OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida said education workers can count on their union to help them get what they need to be vaccinated.

“I’m so proud that OPSEU/SEFPO represents 7,500 education workers who have been tirelessly working through the pandemic,” said Almeida. “Most classes have been closed during the worst waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. But not those serving students with special needs.

“Many of our education members have stayed right on the front line throughout the pandemic,” Almeida added. “They’re right there with the kids who need in-person and hands-on educational support.”

To register for the vaccine, or if you have any questions about the vaccine program and rollout call, the provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488 or visit ontario.ca/covidvaccine.

Once you have an appointment, please remember to bring:

  • Government-issued photo identification (e.g., driver’s licence, health card)
  • Proof you are a resident of the region (such as a utility bill showing your address)
  • One document showing you are an active education worker