Vaccinations for Teachers Begin

2/28/2021

Durango School District 9-R got approval to start vaccinations for teachers and staff beginning Feb. 13. San Juan Basin Public Health and Albertson’s helped to facilitate the first round of vaccines at Escalante Middle School and Durango High School for 9R teachers, staff, and faculty.

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Instead of Cupid shot, 580 Durango 9-R

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staff and faculty

received their first round

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of the COVID-19 vaccine as an

early Valentine's day present.

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Durango school district

9-R took an important step

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toward reopening classes to

in-person learning full-time

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with a vaccination clinic

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for teachers and staff on February 13th.

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Durango 9-R staff were

included in the third phase

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of vaccinations,

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for frontline and essential workers.

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Signup sheets went out the week

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of February 8th for the two clinics

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one at Escalante Middle School,

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and the other at Durango high school.

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Mercy Regional Medical Center

vaccinated childcare workers.

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Nearly 600 faculty and staff

received their first vaccine

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at clinics organized by San

Juan basin public health

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and Albertsons.

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So earlier this month,

the governor of Colorado,

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governor Jared Polis asked that educators

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get worked in right here

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in the first couple of weeks of February.

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So beginning February 8th, we had access

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to doses as San Juan

based in public health.

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We worked with providers

in the community to ensure

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that we got as many doses to

the community as possible.

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And we started scheduling

with the different providers

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and with all of the P through 12 educators

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school staff and licensed

childcare appointments

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around the county

beginning today Saturday.

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Superintendent Dan snow

Berger, who assisted

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at the Escalante clinic estimated that 70%

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of the staff would

receive their first round

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of the vaccine between the

two clinics with 328 staff

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and faculty signed up at Escalante

and 168 signed up at DHS.

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You know, educators

are frontline employees

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and just like medical workers,

they're in a classroom

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with a number of a large number

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of children and a large

number of, of, in some cases

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adolescents who are equally as at risk

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of spreading and catching and,

and contributing the virus.

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So because we have this

great community effort

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of providers coming together with all

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of the schools and coming together

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with the additional

schools and the childcare

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in the community and starting at this week

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we really believe that

by the beginning of March

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almost a hundred percent

of our K through 12,

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our preschool and our licensed

childcare staff, teachers

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and other workers will all have had access

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to a full set of vaccines.

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So this means that most

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of our educators will be done

by the beginning of March.

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This is really great news from

a public health perspective.

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We just couldn't be more

thrilled to have teachers

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able to be in the classroom

safely and get as many kids

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as possible back for in-person learning

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because we know how important that is

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to families and to the

community and to all of us.

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Those who received their

vaccines on Saturday,

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will get the second Pfizer

vaccine on March 13th.

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Thanks for watching this edition

of the local news network.

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I'm Wendy Graham.

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