Middletown Schools staff will be first in state to receive COVID-19 vaccine today

Middletown City Schools staff on Wednesday will be the first district in Ohio to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Middletown Health Department will administer the Moderna vaccine to approximately 500 district teachers and staff members, according to a joint release from the district and city of Middletown.

The vaccine clinic is at Middletown High School. No students will be on campus because students are remote-learning.

Middletown Health Commissioner Jackie Phillips Carter said planning began immediately after Gov. Mike DeWine first announced plans to have schools back in-person by March 1.

“This timeline allows the second dose of the vaccine to be administered prior to that start date,” Phillips Carter said.

District employees are asked to arrive at their scheduled appointment time and to enter the main high school entrance. Vaccines will be administered in the high school community room. Employees will then go into the Wade E. Miller Arena for a 15-minute observation.

Cincinnati Public Schools also will begin offering vaccinations to their staff later this week. They are among 91,000 K-12 teachers and school staff members across Ohio eligible in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination program.

The process to vaccinate all school staff members will take weeks due to the scarcity of the vaccine, but Ohio’s goal is to have all first doses administered by the end of February, according to DeWine.

To be eligible to receive vaccine, districts had to commit to remaining or returning to in-person learning full-time or in a hybrid model by March 1.

Teachers and staff with questions should contact their administrators.

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