Some Douglas County School District staff receive COVID vaccines

Vaccinating employees will be months-long process

Jessica Gibbs
jgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/8/21

Douglas County School District staff began receiving COVID-19 vaccines the week of Jan. 4, according to a news release from the district. Approximately 45 school nurse consultants received …

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Some Douglas County School District staff receive COVID vaccines

Vaccinating employees will be months-long process

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Douglas County School District staff began receiving COVID-19 vaccines the week of Jan. 4, according to a news release from the district. Approximately 45 school nurse consultants received vaccinations at Sky Ridge Medical Center on Jan. 6.

Centura Health is allowing other staff to schedule vaccine appointments as well.

Interim DCSD Superintendent Corey Wise said during a Jan. 5 school board meeting that the district expected to begin vaccinations that week and hopes to have staff vaccinated by spring break.

The exact timeline will depend on a number of factors, according to the Jan. 8 release. Those include vaccine supply, how many people in a higher priority of the state's distribution plan sign up for vaccinations and state guidance.

Although vaccinations began the week of Jan. 4, there will be a delay before more take place.

State officials on Jan. 5 told public health agencies not to vaccinate teachers and school staff until after first responders and people 70 and older are vaccinated, Chalkbeat Colorado reported.

The district will first vaccinate staff 70 and older, staff providing health-related services and those who work closely with special-needs students. That is slated to take through the end of February.

Beginning in March, the district will ask teachers, school-based staff and other employees who come into contact with students daily to vaccinate.

The vaccination is not mandatory for staff and they will not be disciplined if they decide against vaccinating, according to the district.

Wise has been vocal in urging early access to vaccines for school district staff, saying that's one more piece to the puzzle in returning students to in-person learning amid the pandemic.

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