Health-Focused Employees Among First for Vaccine

Health-Focused Employees Offered COVID-19 Vaccine
Posted on 01/15/2021

Nearly 150 Chula Vista Elementary School District employees have been notified of immediate eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This effort to offer vaccinations to District personnel who provide health-related student assistance is an important tool in the nation’s fight against the virus that causes COVID-19.

The inclusion of such school personnel in the early vaccine roll out follows the tiered system that has been set up by the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA). The District’s first wave of eligible employees are predominately nurses, attendance health specialists, and health clerks. Many have already received the vaccine, including several of our nursing staff. It is important to note that CVESD has no role in determining which employee groups are placed in which tier by HHSA.

Rice Elementary School Nurse Alicia Began gives thumbs up after receiving vaccine“We appreciate the opportunity that has been provided to our employees, who have made it a priority to see that our community begins its journey towards greater immunity to the virus,” said Superintendent Francisco Escobedo Ed.D. “This is the first of several stages we will see in making COVID-19 vaccinations available to all of our teachers and staff as part of our continuing ‘CVESD Safe!’ efforts.”

County officials are including additional educators in the second tier of vaccinations, which could take place within weeks. In fact, a recent update meant that school speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists were now also eligible to receive the vaccine.

CVESD Nurse Alicia Began, who works at Lilian J. Rice Elementary, was excited to be included in the first tier.

“Before going in, I reviewed a lot of the research from the Centers for Disease Control on vaccine safety. I trust the science and research that has gone into the development of this vaccine,” said Began, pictured at right. “I received the vaccine earlier this week and look forward to receiving my second dose in February.”

According to the CDC, stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Now, that includes vaccines. Vaccines work with your immune system, so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Do not let your guard down now, however. Other steps, like wearing masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC's recommendations to protect yourself and others offers the best protection from COVID-19.

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