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Leon County Schools Will Vaccinate Its Employees Age 50 Or Older This Saturday

Syringes containing the COVID-19 vaccine are laid out on a white plastic tray.
Wilfredo Lee
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Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, are shown before being administered, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Leon County Schools will begin vaccinating employees 50 years and older this Saturday. This comes after Governor Ron DeSantis signed an order Tuesday allowing K-12 employees, law enforcement officers, and firefighters 50 years and older to be vaccinated.

"We have been kind of pushing the governor to move our teachers and our school employees up on the priority list for the last month or so, and I'm just thankful that the governor now has moved our school-based employees up at least those 50 or older," Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna says.

He received word last night that the Leon County Health Department will open its clinic off 2965 Municipal Way to vaccinate eligible school employees. 1,500 doses are available. Hanna says health officials have already vaccinated school district employees 65 and older, and after the weekend, Hanna says health officials will have vaccinated over 40% of the school district's employees.

"So, this will release some of the anxiety our school employees have about, you know, being around kids every day and those kids having germs, so it's certainly a step in the right direction," Hanna says.

On March 6, the school district will have specific time slots for employees to get vaccinated based on the first letter of their last name. No preregistration is required, but workers must have their driver's license and Leon County School ID badge with them when they go for a vaccine.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.