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NEA Vaccine and School Reopening Tracking Survey

Key findings from a nationwide poll of 2,807 educators on COVID-19 vaccine mandates, mask requirements, and school reopening.
Published: 09/02/2021

With the vast majority of schools now open for full-time, in-person instruction or planning to reopen for full-time, in-person instruction when they begin the school year, four major findings emerge from our most recent survey of NEA members:

1. Majorities of members favor vaccine and mask requirements for both staff and students age 12 and over.

COVID Report Finding 1

2. Unlike a year ago, when most members were opposed to reopening for full-time, in-person instruction, a majority now support full reopening.

3. Educators want COVID-19 safety measures in place to protect themselves and their students.

COVID Report Findings 2 and 3

4. The pandemic has taken a toll on educators, with members reporting increased stress and observing more colleagues leaving the profession or retiring compared to previous years.

COVID Report Finding 4

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