Marie van Staveren had been teaching students in person for over five months when she finally received her first coronavirus vaccine at the Baltimore Convention Center on Feb. 10. She’s didn’t felt like she was in grave danger at work — as a lecturer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, there were never more than eight people in the lab with her, and her students and teaching assistants were more than happy to keep their masks on. Nevertheless, getting the vaccine had been difficult for van Staveren, who teaches chemistry classes in person at UMBC two days a week (in the fall, it was four). When the state first released its priority groups in December, higher education employees weren’t listed.
Md. college teachers, staff find eligibility murky, vaccines hard to come by
February 19, 2021