Hall County teachers will receive a free COVID-19 vaccination next week at one of two locations in the county, officials announced Monday afternoon.
The school district will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which required only a single dose.
Superintendent Will Schofield said the district got the first two available dates for mass vaccination sites in the Northeast Georgia region.
"This is exciting news for our team members and our community," Schofield said in a video posted to the school district's website.
One of the vaccine clinics will be in the north end of the county, while the second will be in the south ends. Actual locations will be announced later this week, the district said. The clinics are a coordinated effort between the district and District 2 Public Health.
Everyone employed at a school will have the opportunity to get the vaccine, including teachers, paraprofessionals, clerical staff, administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, substitutes, and custodians. But the district said employees with underlying health conditions or those who are caregivers of people with underlying conditions will be first in line, followed by teachers and paraprofessionals. All others will follow.
A schedule is being developed and will be shared later this week.
The district is encouraging, but not requiring, all team members to be vaccinated. It asks employees with questions to contact their personal doctor with questions about which vaccine may be best for them.