LANE COUNTY, Ore.-- 4J and Bethel school districts gave out vaccines to their staff on Friday. Spokespersons from both districts say that those individuals with the most in-person contact were prioritized. This includes special needs educators, custodians and nutrition services staff.
Fern Ridge: 38
Junction City: 51
Educators receiving their vaccine told KEZI that this is also an important step to ensure students get back in the classrooms.
"I was really surprised I got to get the vaccine. I didn't think I would get to be one of the first," 4J special needs educator Venus Reeve said. "I'm really excited because now I'm this much closer to getting to be with my students in the classroom, which is where we know both they learn best and some place we want them to be safe."
Other school personnel said this is a step towards normalcy.
"[The vaccine] is something we need to do to take care of ourselves," Bethel district bus driver Jeff Oster said. "Hopefully this takes care of everything and we can get back to normal."
In Eugene's 4J district, 650 Moderna doses were administered. In Bethel, that number goes down to 226.
A Bethel district spokesperson says that those doses are divided between Friday and Saturday. But by the end of this week, less than 20 percent of the entire staff will be get their first shots.