After waiting weeks to get their shot, several metro teachers received their first vaccine over the weekend. Mustang Public Schools held a clinic for educators and staff who are 65 years or older.
School officials said an event like this is important in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
“It’s crucial, I mean it is something that is a game changer,” said Charles Bradley, Mustang Public Schools superintendent.
What began as a year of uncertainty for many schools now might have a glimmer of hope. Mustang Public Schools partnered with Passport Health, who administered 186 Moderna vaccines in one day. Bradley says this gives their teachers and community a feeling of relief.
“(It) Gives them that sense of a little bit less to stress about,” said Bradley.
The clinic was also open to those employed by Yukon, Piedmont and El Reno public schools. Families of teachers and staff who are over 65 were also given the chance to get their shot. Bradley said a day that began with excitement, turned emotional for many.
“I believe she was 86 years old and you could just see her grinning behind her mask, because she said, 'now there’s some hope that I’ll be able to hold my great-grandchild for the first time,'” Bradley said.
Since the beginning of the school year, Mustang teachers and students have remained in the classroom. The district said they’re continuing to follow safety protocols. They said while there are still many who need the vaccine, this is a big step forward.
“Adding the vaccine to it, which is the absolute top as far as mitigation strategies, that’s the most effective way that we will be able to continue what we’re doing,” said Bradley.
Other districts throughout the metro plan to hold their own clinics as well, including Oklahoma City Public Schools, who said they’re hopeful to vaccinate some of their teachers later this month.
Bradley said the district expects to have more clinics like this moving forward.