NPPS teachers, faculty and staff get first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 6:34 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - North Platte Public Schools closed Friday to allow teachers, faculty and staff time to get the coronavirus vaccine.

“So much of what we do has been altered and as soon as we can get back to normal; we all want to get there and again, this is the fastest way to get there,” said Geometry Teacher Jeff Allen.

Allen was among the more than 300 people who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the Phase 1B plan.

“I would like to get back to what we call normal and I’m so glad we’ve been able to stay in school, that’s a big part of it for me,” said Adams Middle School Music Teacher Lenore Weatherly.

Nurses with the North Platte Public School District partnered with the West Central District Health Department to execute the mass vaccination.

“We’ve had people express their joy and and their relief knowing that they are able to get vaccinated,” said Shannon Vanderheiden, Executive Director for the West Central District Health Department. “People have been so appreciative and kind and we just appreciate that so much and we are so thankful that we are able to help and get vaccine in arms.”

Although the vaccination days meant schedule changes, teachers say it’s working.

“I just feel the sense of relief that we got started with this process and I can’t wait to get that second one and just be done with it and hopefully watch that dial start dropping,” Allen said.

The next date set aside for teachers to get the second dose of the vaccine is Feb. 12.

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