An employee of a Des Moines-area school district receives a COVID-19 vaccine. California will begin allocating 10 percent of its weekly vaccine shipments from the federal government to educators and child care workers statewide. (Photo courtesy Phil Roeder/Flickr)

State officials outlined a plan this week to reserve some 75,000 coronavirus vaccine doses from the state’s weekly shipments for school staff and child care workers across the state.

Starting March 1, the state will begin reserving 10 percent of its weekly vaccine shipments from the federal government for educators, who will receive one-time codes that can be used to schedule vaccination appointments through the state’s MyTurn website, according to state officials.

Codes will be allocated based on how many education workers there are in a given area as well as how disproportionately affected a school’s students are by the pandemic. Expedited appointments will be offered based on how likely an educator is to be exposed to the virus while working, according to state officials.

The state also plans to hold vaccination clinics over the next two weeks specifically for educators and child care workers at mass-vaccination sites operated by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, including those at the Oakland Coliseum and California State University Los Angeles.

“Our top priority is getting students back in the classroom as safely and quickly as possible, and the expanded access to vaccines will build on the momentum and confidence that we can do so with urgency,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

Newsom announced the plan last week in an effort to hasten the reopening of the state’s K-12 schools. According to Newsom, 35 of the state’s 58 counties have already made vaccine doses available to teachers after supply issues stalled the vaccination of other essential workers in December and January.

Ensuring vaccinations before teachers return to the classroom has been a sticking point in the reopening negotiations between state officials and teachers’ unions.

“We are calling for an aggressive plan focused on statewide safety measures to slow the spread along with a more rapid and effective vaccine rollout for essential workers, for educators, and for parents and guardians who work in critical infrastructure industries like food and agriculture and who live in vulnerable communities,” California Teachers Association President E. Toby Boyd said last month.

Food and agriculture workers have started to receive vaccination doses in addition to teachers in much of the state following the vaccination of health care workers, nursing home residents and staff and people age 65 and older.

Newsom and other state officials have also argued that the state’s new contracts with Blue Shield of California and Kaiser Permanente as third-party administrators of the vaccine rollout will streamline the process.

Roughly 8.2 million vaccine doses have been administered statewide, according to the California Department of Public health. The state is receiving nearly 1.5 million doses per week from the federal government.