Education

Moore County Schools will contact teachers to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Posted February 23, 2021 6:43 a.m. EST

When it comes to vaccinating teachers and other school workers, Moore County is taking a different approach than other counties.

Instead of educators requesting their own COVID-19 vaccine appointments online or by phone, any PreK-12 staff members affiliated with Moore County Schools or with The O’Neal School will be contacted directly by Moore County Schools’ Central Office or The O’Neal School to receive their vaccine.

Teachers who work in private schools, daycare facilities or preschools will have to request a vaccine online at moorecountync.gov/shot or by calling 910-947-SHOT (7468). They can do so beginning Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. The phone line will be open daily until 4:30 p.m.

Once pre-registration is completed, a representative will call individuals to schedule the appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted at vaccine clinics.

The vaccines will be administered to public school workers as early as March 3, officials said. By Wednesday, more information should be available about when vaccines will arrive and how they will be distributed.

Moore County is still vaccinating people in Groups 1 and 2, which includes health care workers, long-term care staff and residents and people 65 and older. Only part of Group 3, educators and school staff, will be able to get the first round of vaccinations, but North Carolina plans to start vaccinating other frontline essential workers on March 10.

While FirstHealth will manage the vaccination of public school teachers, the Moore County Health Department will manage vaccinations for all other private schools, charter schools, childcare facilities and family childcare homes.

“Educators and school personnel are some of our most essential workers,” said Health Director Robert Wittmann. “Getting them vaccinated as quickly as possible helps to ensure a safer learning environment for students and staff alike. It should help to facilitate the opening of all K-12 schools for in-person instruction.”

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