EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Now that both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being distributed to people considered in the state’s group 1A, a health system in the Tri-State has given one local teacher the opportunity to receive her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Beth Katz, who happens to be the wife of 14 News’ Dan Katz, has been a teacher for more than 20 years.
She tells us when she got the call from Deaconess, they told her if she wanted the vaccine, she needed to get there as soon as possible.
“It’s been really tough being a teacher since last March. When we went out of school in March, I thought, well, we would be right back in,” Katz said.
The pandemic has not only affected her life inside of her classroom but her personal life as well.
“COVID hit my family too. Meaning that one of my brothers died from COVID,” shared Katz.
But now as vaccines are being distributed, Beth’s name appeared on Deaconess’ vaccine waiting list and she jumped at the opportunity.
“I was really concerned about my students’ health, my families health, my health, so when I got the call about getting the vaccine I jumped on it,” said Katz. “They told me if you want it, you need to come right now.”
EVSC officials say they’re grateful that some of their teachers are on Deaconess’ waiting list and are looking forward to the days where the state transitions to the group 1B.
“We appreciate them maintaining that small waiting list so that if they have that situation when and if that occurs they’re able to reach out and be able to administer the vaccine to people who are interested in getting it early,” stated EVSC’s Jason Woebkenberg.
For Mrs. Katz, her message to people who may be on edge about receiving the vaccine would be this.
“I notice that this vaccine has been in the works for a long time, but granted it’s now just available because they had to make some changes in it and I understand that,” shared Katz. “So if you’re hesitant about getting it because you don’t know what’s going to happen, whether you are going to get COVID from it, you won’t get COVID from it. I did my research. Please do yours.”
Beth says she’s scheduled to get her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in about three weeks on February 1.
EVSC officials say as soon as they know more, they’ll update all of their school based employees.