HENDERSON CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Henderson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bob Lawson spoke Thursday about their vaccination progress, as teachers began rolling up their sleeves to get their COVID-19 shots.
Dr. Lawson and a another staff member who lost her father to COVID-19 were vaccinated at the start of Thursday’s event.
“Being in the 1B category,” says Dr. Lawson, “we certainly are appreciative to be in a state that prioritizes educators highly.”
A vaccination clinic for educators in the county started on Wednesday, but Thursday marked the first day of vaccinations on the grounds of Henderson County Schools.
School leaders are partnering with Walmart Pharmacy to administer 598 first doses of the Moderna vaccine, with a total of 80 staff members immunized Thursday.
School employees voluntarily signed up, and officials say by the second week of February, every one who signed up will have received their vaccine.
This includes Director of Transportation Wes Alexander. He says the vaccines provide extra security for his team.
“We do touch a lot of people,” says Alexander, “and all the students are getting on. It’s a little closer-quarters than what we would like too, but we have got to make sure they get to school and can get their education and do it safely also.”
Randa Gary is the library media specialist at Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center.
She lost her father to COVID-19 back in December, so Thursday’s immunization held extra meaning.
“Wonderful, I am feeling great,” says Gary. “I am super excited to be able to do this today.”
She says over the last 11 months, she has worried about unknowingly passing the virus to her students.
“I worry about those things,” says Gary, “and so not having to feel as concerned about that will be a big relief for me.”
Gary says she hopes the vaccine will lead to even more in-person learning for Henderson County Schools.
“Good things come to those who wait,” says Gary.
Officials say Thursday’s clinic is the first of 11 to be held for those around the district.
Some Muhlenberg County educators also started rolling up their sleeves Wednesday.
Walmart officials told 14 News they did a test run by giving out approximately 20 vaccines.
Walmart says more teachers are coming Thursday and a larger clinic day is scheduled for next Wednesday.