Teachers, staff members and other City School District of New Rochelle employees began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations this week when Governor Andrew Cuomo expanded the list of those permitted to participate.
Interim Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero encouraged all 1,800 employees to get the shots.
“First, I want to be sure that our nurses, teachers and other colleagues – all those who work most closely with the students and in groups – receive vaccinations,” Dr. Marrero said. “Then, I will look into receiving the shot myself.”
School nurses, speech therapists and occupational therapists were eligible to receive the vaccine earlier, per New York State regulations. Other District employees were included in Phase 1B, which became eligible for vaccinations on Monday, January 11.
“We want to see everyone get vaccinated and safeguard their health, and we understand there may be some potential minimal effects on District operations,” Dr. Marrero said. “If employees do have to make appointments during working hours, we will find ways to cover their responsibilities for that time.”
With the community rushing to receive the vaccination, finding an appointment slot can be difficult.
“Both the federal government and New York State have developed plans to ensure that everyone will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available, at no cost, no matter where they live,” the state’s website reports. “The State Department of Health will share additional information on where New Yorkers can get vaccinated as more vaccine doses become available.”
Dr. Marrero encouraged perseverance, even if it will take time to increase health and safety as community members seek and receive vaccinations.
“We know this is not the end of the crisis,” he said. “We will continue to exercise caution and maintain all social distancing and other protocols. But it is good to know we are moving forward and that the end may soon be in sight.”