LANE COUNTY, Ore. --- Educators in Oregon are just days away from being eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, there are a few things that need to happen in order for teachers to get vaccinated. First, school districts have to actually receive the doses.
Keep in mind, they still don't know when they will get the first shipment or how many doses will be in it.
There are 16 districts in Lane County, but only six of them have nursing staff. So, the plan is to to have these districts adminster vaccines to their own staff and then help others get vaccinated.
Higher education will also be helping districts because they have the storage capability, according to Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health.
President of the Eugene Education Association, Sabrina Gordon, said the 4J district is planning to use one of its schools to vaccinate staff when the time comes.
"I know the district is working hard to get all those pieces in place so that hopefully there's not going to be a lag between when they get the vaccines and start vaccinating educators. The educators who work in 4J and the Bethel School Districts want the vaccines before they go back to in-person learning," Gordon said.
Gordon told KEZI the nurses and their health providers will receive the shots first as well as those staff members that are already working with students in a limited capacity.
Director of the Bethel Health Center, Brooke Cottle, said there is a plan in place to get educators in and out as quickly and safely as possible.
"We have our school district nurses, we have our medical team here at the Bethel Health Center and we also have some medical personnel on contract that we will be pulling in to really be as efficient as possible with getting those out really quickly," Cottle said.
Cottle said once their district is taken care of they will send some of the their resources to help smaller schools who need the help.
Eugene 4J School District spokesperson Kerry Delf told KEZI 9 educators are thrilled to be eligible for the vaccine starting Monday.
"This is a really good point to be at to be getting ready for these vaccines to be available. We don't know exactly how many or when they will be available so we've asked all of our team at 4J to be ready to turn around at a moments notice and sign up for vaccinations when the time comes," Kerry Delf said.