HENDERSON CO, Ky (WEHT) In a partnership with Walmart Pharmacy, Henderson County Schools will begin a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for its staff beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Randa Gary, library media specialist with the schools, told Eyewitness News she’s happy to receive the vaccine.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally be able to be vaccinated,” Gary said.
Employees who voluntarily signed up to be vaccinated will receive the Moderna vaccine. This will be the first of 11 clinics that will be held for staff around the district and at Walmart Pharmacy. Superintendent Dr. Bob Lawson said these teachers fit into the next group of those eligible to receive the vaccine and he’s glad to see the commonwealth of Kentucky making efforts to vaccinate people continuously.
“I feel very appreciative again to live in a state and to have us in that 1-B category where educators can receive the vaccine at this date,” Dr. Lawson said.
Dr. Lawson said that this isn’t just a personal win for teachers, it’s a win for the job they do. For months teachers have been working in the classrooms with students, but also on a virtual level amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We provided the best education possible amidst a pandemic. However, there is no substitute for being in the classroom,” Lawson said.
Gary also said that being vaccinated can help her safely work with those students in the classroom.
“We’re all ready to get our kids back all the time. We know that kids learn best in person and so we just want to get back to normal,” Gary said.
Dr. Lawson said these teachers signing up for the vaccines now should receive them by the second week of February. He said they’ll return again for round two of the vaccine.
“As we move towards the timeline for the second vaccine, we’ll certainly pursue excellence during that time and remain patient and steady,” Dr. Lawson said.
(This story was originally published on February 1, 2021)