County health department collaborating with National Guard to vaccinate essential school staff

In coordination with the Michigan National Guard, the Livingston County Health Department began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to essential workers in the school system on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2021.

Vaccinating educators is a critical step in ensuring local schools remain open and continue in-person learning. Many schools have struggled throughout the pandemic and continue to face challenges. The importance of the continued functioning of school systems cannot be understated. Schools provide vital services and support for children’s academic, social-emotional, and physical health. The COVID-19 vaccine is an important step in keeping school staff and students safe from infection, and supporting the continuation of in-person learning.

Approximately 525 school employees were vaccinated during Saturday’s clinic. To date, approximately 2,180 vaccinations in Livingston County have been given to health care workers, emergency medical and first responders, and long-term care residents, as well as those who are at highest-risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to risk factors such as age or exposure due to occupation.
The COVID-19 vaccine, along with preventive measures such as social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing, offers the best chance of getting our schools and the larger community back to normal.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 vaccination in Livingston County, click here.

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