COVID-19 Vaccines for USD 475

Volunteer Nurses

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine has been well-anticipated since shortly after the disease began to claim lives and drastically change our way of living. Companies like Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have been hard at work creating a vaccine that could lift the heaviness that this disease carries wherever it goes. In January of 2021, doses of the vaccine arrived in Geary County.
Geary County Schools USD 475 is dedicated to two goals during this pandemic; ensuring students and staff safety and keeping the school doors open. In collaboration with the Geary County Health Department, USD 475 has been able to bring those ideas to fruition. Spearheaded by Dr. Debra Gustafson, Executive Director of Student Support Services, and Scott Clark, Director of Emergency Management, USD 475 staff were promoted to Phase 1B and Phase 2 of the vaccination administering process.
On January 25, 2021, at 5:30 pm, Junction City Middle School provided a location for the first session where staff members could receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Volunteer nurses from Valley View Care Center, retired nurses, and with assistance from the Geary County Health Department, 84 staff members received their first dose. It is of utmost importance that all that work closely with students and within buildings have an opportunity to receive the vaccination. A total of 407 staff members have been vaccinated with 260 scheduled up to February 18, 2021. USD 475 has seven clinics scheduled at Junction City Middle School throughout February and March.