SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Public Schools will start vaccinating staff this Saturday.
The Springfield school district was allocated 324 doses by the state. Also Saturday at the same location, another 87 doses will be given to rural districts such as Marcola, Lowell, and Oakridge.
Brett Yancey, chief operating officer for SPS, said teachers, specialists, and operations staff at elementary schools are a priority.
"That’s been a difficult conversation that we’ve had," Yancey said. "The way that we’re handling it is anyone who's here in-person we have to prioritize and we’re hoping to follow up quickly with the rest of our employees."
About 1,600 district employees need to get vaccinated.
"There’s nothing more that a school district wants than to get their students and staff back into the classroom," Yancey said. "But we want to do it safely."
Yancey said this clinic is not open to the public. Educators who qualify received an invitation from the district to get a vaccine. He said there's a list with names at the check-in table to verify who got the invitation.