County Prepares COVID Vaccinations For Teachers, Child Care Providers

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From San Juan County

The Washington State Department of Health will be sending San Juan County Health & Community Services a shipment of vaccine that is specifically allocated for K-12 educators and pre-school and childcare providers in the islands.

The shipment will contain doses sufficient to vaccinate all eligible educators in San Juan County.

“This is a very welcome boost to our schools’ effort to reopen,” said San Juan County Health & Community Services Public Health Nurse Stephane Stookey. “Our school and child care facility staff are supporting our community in so many ways, and to get them vaccinated in short order is a tremendous step forward for the islands. My team is looking forward to getting these much-needed doses distributed.”

San Juan County Health & Community Services staff are working directly with leaders at 26 local schools or licensed and/or currently operational child care providers. Staff at each of these organizations will be contacted with more details by their employer or by Health & Community Services staff.

The current plan is to complete this vaccination effort within the next week.

Orcas Island School District Superintendent Eric Webb highlighted the importance of this undertaking, “We recognize that vaccine is in short supply and that there are many in our community who are eligible. The schools in the islands are incredibly grateful to the State of Washington for making these doses available. We’re working hard with our entire school community to get reopening right, and this effort, along with the ongoing support of all islanders really helps us move forward.”

Leaders of formal school or child care organizations that are actively providing support to groups of island children and who have not been contacted may reach out to the Health & Community Services team at covidvacinfo@sanjuanco.com.

Posted on March 10, 2021 at 5:30 am by

Categories: Government, Health & Wellness, Safety
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  1. Well…well…well! Gov. Inslee has found many extra doses of vaccine in his back pocket to immunize all the teachers, educators, etc., in the WA education system. I wonder who he was holding those for while the rest of us were following the rules he designated we had to hold to? Now, how many teachers, educators, etc., were in the Tuesday and Wednesday appointments for San Juan County, who took spots allocated to seniors, etc., of Stage 1f and will those who were deprived a vaccination, will get the doses allocated to those teachers? This system is unfair, demeaning and stupid. Allocate enough vaccine to San Juan County to immunize everyone in Stage 1f!!!

    Comment by Todd Ekstrom on March 10, 2021 at 6:24 pm

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