Beginning Friday, the majority of Solon City School District teachers and staff – amounting to more than 600 individuals – will receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
District Communications Director Tamara Strom said those being vaccinated include teachers and staff members throughout the district. The second dose of the coronavirus vaccine will be administered on March 5.
There will be no school for students in Solon on Friday (Feb. 12) and on March 5 to accommodate the staff vaccinations.
Ms. Strom noted that it is not just teachers receiving the vaccine, but all school employees including bus drivers and those in food service, among others.
“It covers the gamut of our entire school system,” she said.
The voluntary vaccinations will take place in Independence and be administered at the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio by Giant Eagle pharmacists, the official partner with the schools in the Cuyahoga County area, Ms. Strom said.
The ESC coordinated the whole process, Ms. Strom continued, including the one-spot location for all schools in the area as part of a mass schedule.
Solon City School District staff was given time slots, with 20 people being vaccinated every five minutes.
“We gave our staff several opportunities to sign up over the past few weeks when we were getting details on how it would roll out in Cuyahoga County for school employees,” Ms. Strom said.
“We have had great response.”
Ms. Strom said that the response is in line with Gov. Mike DeWine’s intent, which is to make sure children can be in school in person.
Solon schools have been in person since October.
Ms. Strom said that throughout the pandemic, the ESC has served as a liaison for the school district as well as the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the governor’s office and the Ohio Department of Health, providing necessary information and guidelines.
“They have been very helpful over the last year,” she said.
Ms. Strom said the vaccine is an important step to continue keeping school in person for students. In addition to the vaccine, it is important to continue adhering to all the other safety protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus, she said.
“There is no doubt this is an important next step,” she said.