GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Pitt County’s first group of teachers and other school employees began getting their initial round of COVID-19 vaccine doses on Thursday.
The county is giving those shots on Thursday to people with appointments at the county’s Ag Center. Private school employees are also included. The first shots are going to workers age 50 and older.
This is a historic day for Pitt County school personnel. They say this is a literal shot in the arm, giving them more than just the vaccine, but hope for the future.
Private school employees were also included in today’s clinic. Officials are hoping to vaccinate close to 1,300 employees between today and tomorrow’s vaccination clinic.
It’s been a long year for school teachers but they want this kind of momentum to finish off the school year strong.
“Unfortunately teaching online is not as effective as person to person, when we’re face to face there’s so much you can do, so to me it’s very important that we, for the benefit of our students that we are able to work face to face,” explains Connie Conner, a Belvoir Elem. Media Coordinator
Health experts are emphasizing the COVID vaccine does not mean the pandemic is over and that no other weapons are needed to take on the virus. They say everyone must continue wearing face masks, sanitize their hands and social distancing, even people who’ve gotten COVID shots.
Another vaccination event for teachers is scheduled for Friday at the Greenville Convention Center.