FCPS Educators Receive First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine
January 20, 2021
It did not take long for FCPS educators to receive their first shots once Governor Northam announced that K12 teachers/staff would be included in the 1B group of essential workers. Within a week, the first doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered to school division staff. Days later, hundreds of FCPS educators had received their vaccine, with hundreds of more vaccinations scheduled.
On January 11, FCPS issued a survey to school division staff, asking them to respond within 24 hours. By 5 p.m. the same day, 1,752 employees had completed the survey. In total, 1904 out of the 1926 permanent staff responded to the online survey, with additional staff members responding through paper means. Of the 1904 online responses, 80% indicated they wanted to receive the vaccine, prompting the next step in the process.
Vaccine locations included Reva VFD last week and Germanna Community College this week. Fauquier Health opened up a shot clinic on January 18 to help with the demand.
Superintendent Dr. David Jeck credits local health officials for the swift vaccination process. “We often use the term ‘hero’ to describe the great work for people in our school division do but, when it comes to the work our local health department officials have done, that descriptor has never been more appropriately used,” said Jeck. “These folks are literally saving lives. Their speed and efficiency in regard to providing vaccinations to FCPS staff have been nothing short of miraculous.”