Vaccinations now available for educators

HCS Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland receives her COVID-19 vaccination from a health official on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville.

HALEYVILLE - Just a few days after COVID-19 vaccinations became available to those ages 75 and older-- along with previously first responders and medical officials-- educators are now being administered the vaccine.

Haleyville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Holly Sutherland noted the vaccine became available this week to educators, who are going to two groups, one each on Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. to be vaccinated at Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville. Educators are only being given the first round of the Medurna vaccine, with the second round of vaccinations to be available to them in February, Dr. Sutherland said.

Winston County Schools Superintendent Greg Pendley said that correspondence has been sent out to principals at each school in that district, so the principals can gather details on the number of those who wish to be vaccinated. Plans are currently in progress as to the date of the vaccinations for educators in the WC district, Pendley noted on Wednesday.

Both Dr. Sutherland and Pendley stress that the vaccines are only optional for teachers, administrators and other school staff, that the decision of whether or not to take the vaccine is an individual one.

Check this website as well as next Wednesday edition's of the Alabamian for further updates and more in-depth article.

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