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Dangerous misinformation campaigns are fueling skepticism and hesitance around the COVID-19 vaccines, a situation that both prevents achievement of herd immunity and increases the possibility that new variants will be deadly to even the vaccinated. The truth is that 99.5 percent of all COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths happening now are among the unvaccinated. As vaccination numbers lag and COVID-19 infections surge in many communities, it is imperative that AFT members have the most accurate and up-to-date information about the vaccines.

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August 5, 2021                                                                                    

Verdaillia Turner

Statement from the Georgia Federation of Teachers on masks and other safety measures per COVID-19

ATLANTA - We encourage all Georgians to be good neighbors and mask up. We respect the opinion of those who are hesitant to follow any part of the protocol during this pandemic. However, an ounce of prevention is worth more


Opinion on Masks & COVID-19 safety precautions - There should be a comprehensive approach to opening schools safely.

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Article originally aired on Fox 5 Atlanta on June 4, 2021

Gwinnett, Cobb school districts face accreditation review

By Elizabeth Rawlings

Georgia’s Teacher Federation President told FOX 5 that she’s skeptical about whether the complaints are legitimate.

"I’m very suspicious when a new a board comes in and all of a sudden there is a governance problem," said Turner.

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Article posted on CBS46 website, June 3, 2021


State Board of Education discussing a resolution to reject 'Critical Race Theory'

By Jamie Kennedy

ATLANTA (CBS46) -- A critical debate, on a controversial concept. The state board of education discussing a resolution on Thursday that rejected the teaching of Critical Race Theory. 

“I just don’t want Critical Race Theory to be one sided,” said Georgia Board of Education member, Lisa Kinnemore.

"We have people in the community and world who don't want to acknowledge the fact that racism exists," said Miranda Wicker, who's children go to school in


Inspire Health Alliance Forms Partnership with Georgia Federation of Teachers to Bring No Out-of-Pocket Cost COVID-19 Testing to More Than 75,000 Educators

Convenient at-home PCR testing kits under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA gives added confidence to educators statewide


LAKE FOREST, Calif. and ATLANTA, May 19, 2021--Inspire Health Alliance today announced a testing program with the Georgia Federation of Teachers to make self-administered COVID-19 tests available to 75,000 public education employees at zero out-of-pocket cost. The Inspire Diagnostic test kits allow Georgian