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Area educators get vaccinated at special event


April 01, 2021
MEREDITH More than 170 teachers, staff, and administrators from the Inter-Lakes School District and some local educational partners received their first vaccine shots during a big vaccination clinic in Alton.

Superintendent Mary Moriarty told the Inter-Lakes School Board during the March 23 meeting that 172 employees of the district and a number of school and community partners received their shots during a clinic for school personnel the previous Friday hosted by the Winnipesaukee Regional Public Health Network at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton. Moriarty said the clinic provided 788 doses to school personnel from around the Winnipesaukee network's area.

The group from the local area included 150 Inter-Lakes Staff members, six staff members from Fresh Picks cafeteria program, nine from the First Student bus company, and seven from local daycare centers.

Two of those administering vaccines were school nurses Teresa McCormack from Inter-Lakes Elementary School and Laura Colton from Sandwich Central School.

"I had the sincere pleasure of receiving my dose from Mrs. McCormack," Moriarty said. "She did a very skilled job and distracted me with a beautiful Band-Aid before she was able to administer it."

Overall, Moriarty said the clinic was really well run and well organized, saying Winnipesaukee Public Health "did a phenomenal job that day."

She also praised the school district's human resources director Ashley Dolloff for her efforts to coordinate this for the IL staff and partners.

Everyone who got their vaccines that day will get their second dose on April 16. That day will be early release for students at SCS at 1 p.m. and ILES and ILMHS at 1:30 p.m.

Board member Charley Hanson asked if here is a sense of how many people are vaccinated districtwide. Moriarty said they plan to do a survey in May to get a sense of what the district's herd immunity might be. A number of staff members were vaccinated during earlier phases, such as by age or those with positions considered as healthcare professionals, such as speech pathologists and counselors.

Hanson asked if everyone who wanted the vaccine has had an opportunity to get it. Moriarty said that is true unless circumstances came up such as someone was quarantining at the time. She also said the signup process for the vaccine went smoothy and people who wanted to get the vaccine were able to make appointments.

"I think the access is available and certainly the slickness of which Friday went is something the state should be proud of," Moriarty said. "Public Health did a great job; no line, very well organized."

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