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CCSD employees are permitted to now receive the COVID-19 vaccine

NSHE will be providing immunizations for all faculty, staff throughout Clark County
CCSD anticipates that starting on January 25, all personnel throughout Clark County, UNLV and the CSN Henderson Student Union will be able to register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Since then, appointments have not been able to be made because of the limited supply of vaccines.”Photo Credit: Mat Napo

Clark County School District took to Twitter to inform the public that employees will be able to make appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine at UNLV, but there aren’t enough vaccines available for all teachers to be vaccinated in a timely manner.

Teachers around the district have been trying to schedule appointments and many have been able to receive them, but some are not interested in getting the vaccine, such as graphic design teacher Rosarita Olvina.

“I actually haven’t tried making an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine yet,” Olvina said. “It’s actually pretty remarkable when you read that it wasn’t created with the actual coronavirus, but instead with the genetic code for a spike protein that coats the surface of the virus. It’s a matter of supply and I think we need to be patient. It makes sense that medical personnel and elderly get the vaccine first.”

CCSD also informed educators about the limited supply available in Nevada, meaning there will be some delays in appointment scheduling. For any educator who has not yet found an alternative place to get the vaccine, they have to register at the UNLV Medicine portal, register their information and then wait for an email to be invited to sign-up for a vaccine appointment.

“I continually monitored the SNHD website watching for appointments, then tried to grab one if at all possible and some sites make you go through a registration process and you do not get an appointment,” science teacher Martha Horner said. “It’s frustrating that not everyone has access to the vaccine. Although I understand the reason for limiting access is due to supply, I wish everyone could have access and I worry because my own children and students will not be vaccinated and could spread it to others. It worries me because of the new strains of COVID coming out as well.”

With the vaccine now being more accessible to teachers, the question of going back to school is something students, parents, and administrators are debating more fervently.

“When it comes to going back to school, I think the goal of the school district and for us teachers as well is that we want schools to open back up, but it may not be possible right now,” history teacher Vincent Thur said. “I feel comfortable in the district I work in, the city I work in and I know that they’re taking a cautious approach so whether I get to see my students this year or next, as long as it’s a safe, thought out plan, I’ll be good with any decision in the end.”

Some students also have opinions about how teachers getting the vaccine could affect the chances of school being back in session.

“With the COVID-19 vaccine out now, I think students won’t be going back until next school year,” junior Claire Cuddihy said. “Because distribution is very slow in Nevada amongst other states, I feel that the city of Las Vegas will get safer as a whole, but not in time to finish the 2020-2021 school year. I think that if teachers are going to come back to school, they should be required to get the vaccine. Regardless of a person’s political views or whether or not they think it’ll work, I think the pros outweigh the cons.”

Will you be getting the COVID-19 vaccine when you’re able to?

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