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Union poll: 81% of teachers vaccinated or scheduled to

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At least 81% of teachers as of April 1 had been vaccinated for COVID-19 or have appointments to receive their shots, according to data from a new poll of teachers by the country’s second-largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers. The data was shared with CBS News by the union.

This follows President Joe Biden’s March 2 call to prioritize vaccinating teachers by April 1 and increasing calls to reopen schools in more parts of the U.S.

“Let’s treat in-person learning like an essential service that it is,” Biden said March 2. “And that means getting essential workers who provide that service — educators, school staff, child-care workers — get them vaccinated immediately. They’re essential workers.”

“We want every educator, school staff member, childcare worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March,” the president added.

At that time, 30 states were already prioritizing teachers for vaccinations.

Of the 18% of teachers who have not yet been vaccinated or have yet to schedule an appointment, 48% say they do not plan to get a dose, according to the poll carried out by Hart Research. They brought up hesitancy about vaccines, lack of research, or wanting more information, according to CBS News.

The poll of American Federation of Teachers members, carried out by Hart Research, also found that 85% of teachers are engaged in some form of in-person instruction—either full or part time—with 14% saying they continue to only teach remotely.

“There is still a race between the vaccine and the variants,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a statement, per CBS News. “But this polling shows AFT members know the importance of in school learning. They want to return, the roadmap to reopening is robust and if we instill trust and meet fear with facts we can finally end this national nightmare.”

Notably, 60% of teachers surveyed also said their schools had a COVID-19 testing program.

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Alec Baldwin Lowest of the Low; Blames Victim For Shooting ‘Everything is at her Direction’

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“Just when you think Alec Baldwin can’t go any lower, he blames Halyna Hutchins, the woman he shot to death, for getting shot to death” writes the New York Post. Naturally, Baldwin gifted his first interview since the tragic death of Hutchins to his Hampton’s buddy and leftwing media host George Stephanopoulos.

“Everything is at her direction,” Baldwin told George Stephanopoulos during the hourlong interview that aired Thursday night on ABC. Ultimately the entire one hour can be summed up by Baldwin’s twelve words: “Someone is responsible for what happened, and I know it’s not me.”

For any viewers looking for anything particularly meaningful from Baldwin or for him to answer tough questions, a sit-down with his liberal elite buddy was not the place to get it. “I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it,” Baldwin said, “which ended up right below her armpit. Which is what I was told — I don’t know.”

He carried on, “I would never point a gun at anyone, and pull the trigger at them. Never.” Oddly he had just finished describing how he was pointing the gun at Hutchins.
Agent Bobby Chacon, a retired FBI agent who works as a writer and on-set consultant for Hollywood stated “The bullet striking and killing that woman came out of the barrel of the gun pointed directly at her…Bullets don’t curve. He isn’t in ‘The Matrix.’ The trigger would still have to be pulled.”

The New York Post reports:

“I’m not aware of any gun firing itself,” says Steve Wolf, a Hollywood firearms and special-effects expert since 1994. “I’ve never seen a gun self-discharge. A single-action revolver like this” — the Colt that Baldwin fired — “can be discharged very easily, with minimal input required … The trigger still must have been pressed.”
Wolf is also outraged by a larger concern. “It’s really important to discredit anyone who claims that guns fire themselves,” he says. “If this becomes an acceptable defense, there goes any accountability when it comes to shooting people. We can’t have this kind of ‘guns shoot themselves’ thing. They don’t.”

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