|ALL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES DESIRING VACCINE NOW VACCINATED|
Additionally Friday, Gov. Justice announced that all West Virginia school employees who wanted a vaccine have now been vaccinated.
“I am very happy to announce this,” Gov. Justice said. “Because we opened up our prioritization to essential workers of all ages, we were able to offer vaccinations to all school employees.”
“Governor Justice put a very, very aggressive timetable on prioritizing educators. I don’t know that everybody even realizes just how aggressive that timetable was,” said State Superintendent of Schools Clayton Burch. “We just found that we're now up over 38,000 vaccines, and that means everybody who was asked for one – whether you're a teacher, service personnel, a substitute teacher, a coach, and so on in our public and non-public schools – got a vaccine.
“It’s just an amazing feat,” Superintendent Burch added.
Despite the accomplishment, Gov. Justice and Superintendent Burch also took time to remind everyone involved in the West Virginia school system to remain cautious and vigilant by wearing their masks, practicing social distancing and good hygiene, and following all other safety protocols.
“It is clear that, when safety guidelines are followed, we see a reduction in outbreaks and cases in our schools. This is really important, especially when you are outside of school, participating in extracurricular activities with your friends and families,” Gov. Justice said. “COVID-19 never takes a day off. So I will tell all of our school employees and teachers; it is not time to let our guard down. We must stay vigilant and keep following the guidelines until we beat this virus.”
“It's also really important that everyone involved in extracurricular activities also follow the mitigation strategies as stringently, if not more stringently, than in the schools,” Superintendent Burch said.