Kentucky School Districts work on plan for possible COVID-19 vaccinations

Updated: Dec. 8, 2020 at 5:58 PM CST
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Ballard County Superintendent Casey Allen is following a new directive from the Kentucky Governor, and that’s to create a list of school district staff who would take the Covid-19 vaccine.

“I will tell you that we weren’t given a whole lot of heads up, that was the first we heard of that,” he said.

“They haven’t told us all the details, so we’re not sure how much information to gather. Is it just yes or no I would take a vaccine?” he said.

The vaccine isn’t available yet, but Allen must have a game plan for mass inoculations.

“I think in our district I will lean much more to the side of having face to face conversations with people than doing a survey,” he said.

Allen said his only concern is if people will take the vaccine.

“If only half of the staff were to take the vaccine, the fewer people that take it, then obviously the less comfort it brings because fewer people have exercised the right to get the vaccine.”

Teachers and staff will be second to receive the vaccine after frontline workers. And right now, with many schools being virtual, at least until January 4, Allen said a vaccine is a piece of good news.

“Making the vaccine available to staff, I think it should give people a level of comfort about being here to some extent there is some concern about staff here,” he said.

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