By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon Public Schools’ educators and support personnel will start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend.
The school district is partnering with Total Wellness to provide the vaccine to staff members, according to YPS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jason Brunk.
Shots will be administered to YPS personnel this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26-27 at the Yukon Middle School Gym, 801 S Garth Brooks Blvd.
This will be the first round of YPS teacher and staff COVID-19 shots, Brunk said.
Second doses will be given March 11-12.
“We have 588 staff members signed up for a vaccine,” Brunk said. “About 70 of those could be for a second shot and the remainder is their first shot.
“We do not require our employees to have a shot, but we do highly encourage it.”
That’s why YPS officials have worked with Passport Health to provide the vaccines at a time and format convenient and safe for them.
YPS staff are volunteering for the vaccine events to help Passport staff, making this possible.
More than 750 of the Yukon school district’s 8,309 enrolled students are learning remotely, while the rest have returned to the classroom.
Some 594 students are enrolled in Yukon Virtual School with another 170 students in Yukon At Home online learning.
NEW GROUP ELIGIBLE
About 89,000 educators and support staff may now receive the COVID-19 vaccine across Oklahoma.
Oklahoma’s pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educators on Monday, Feb. 22 became the latest group of Oklahomans eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I am so grateful that teachers and staff have been prioritized to begin receiving this vaccine, and I encourage all Oklahomans to take that vaccine as soon as they are offered this,” State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said.
More than one million Oklahomans now qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as the state moves to another level of the phase 2 vaccine roll-out.
About one million Oklahomans under age 65 with comorbidities also now have access to appointments.
Healthcare workers, first responders, long-term care residents and staff, and senior citizens already were eligible.
The public can make vaccine appointments through the state health department’s online portal at vaccinate.oklahoma.gov
People without Internet access may call the Canadian County Health Department at (405) 354-4872 or dial 211 for more information.