D51 offers COVID-19 vaccinations to all staff

D51 offers COVID-19 vaccinations to all staff
Posted on 02/12/2021
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Grand Junction, CO - School District 51 is excited to announce that we will offer registration links for the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all of our employees by the end of the day today, Feb. 12.

"We had a three-week window to offer vaccination appointments to all of our staff. Instead, with the help of Mesa County Public Health and St. Mary's and Community Hospitals, we got it done in five days," said Dr. Brian Hill, D51 Assistant Superintendent. 

Gov. Jared Polis announced in a press conference two weeks ago that Colorado teachers could begin receiving their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 8. District 51 set a goal to offer vaccination appointments to all District 51 employees by the end of the month based on vaccine availability projections at the time, but planned for an even speedier timeline if possible. 

Thanks to our partners at St. Mary's Hospital and Community Hospital, D51 was able to accelerate the process and move from offering appointments to school staff starting Monday to offering appointments to 3,476 staff members by the end of the day Thursday. That accounts for all but a few non-teaching sports coaches and student teachers, who will be offered registration links by this afternoon. 

"We're really excited that we've been able to partner with both St. Mary's and Community Hospital in this process. It really was because of MCPH and the hospitals working with us that we were able to achieve this goal so quickly," Dr. Hill said. 

"Gov. Polis prioritized educators in his vaccination rollout plans, which helps us keep our school buildings open, which impacts our whole community by letting parents get back to work and offering a safe, healthy learning environment for students." 
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