On Tuesday, I wrote about how U.S. senators managed to be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine nationally. (See two posts down.) Asserting privilege (or, as some might call it, “line jumping”) is not just for the national ruling class – it exists on all levels of government. Last night, WTOV ran the following story on its 6 PM news:
The accompanying article begins:
A photo posted to the Ohio County Schools Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon is drawing some criticism.
The photo shows two people -- Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Miller and Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones --receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.
Some are commenting, asking when at-risk teachers will be vaccinated? And why administrators received a shot this early in the process?
(Note -- I checked and the school district's Facebook page no longer carries the pictures.)
The WTOV article also includes a spokesperson for the school district who attempts to rationalize how the administrators (who would be in phase 1D) were vaccinated as part of 1B.
So far, there has been none that I could find. WTRF, if their web page is accurate, has not covered the story. As for our local Ogden outlets, there was nothing about this in either the morning or afternoon papers. This is not surprising -- the Ogden chain apparently works from the premise that no news happens around holidays so there is no sense in paying reporters to write stories. By the way, Ogden management is quite aware of the actions by the local school administrators – their editorial director, John McCabe, retweeted this message early last evening:
So, as the virus continues to spread, so do the line jumpers.
December 25 Update -- A special hat tip to the West Virginia Supreme Court
Good for them!