More Sumner teachers to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Sumner County Schools will hold remote learning days on March 5 and April 1 so that more teachers can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

All Sumner County Schools students will learn remotely on March 5 and April 1 while school district employees continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The school district recently received 1,800 doses of the Moderna vaccine through Hendersonville Medical Center and the Tennessee Department of Health in order to vaccinate their employees, according to Sumner County Schools Spokesman Jeremy Johnson.

About 1,400 school district employees received the vaccination in February.

Johnson said that the two remote learning days will allow the remaining employees who have requested to be vaccinated to receive both doses of the Moderna vaccine. A 28-day period is required between doses.

“We wanted to get as many people vaccinated as we could,” said Johnson. “We’ve been working diligently to make sure any employee who wants to receive the vaccine does so as quickly as possible.”

While the two vaccination clinics offered in February were held on a Sunday, Johnson said it was necessary to hold two remote learning days during the week because not every employee could attend a weekend clinic.

“Not every employee is available on the weekend – many have other commitments,” he said. “Remote learning seemed a better option.”

Around 5,000 people are currently employed by the school district. Johnson said he didn’t know yet what percentage of employees have requested the free vaccine.

“It’s difficult to pin down how many have said they want it because more have signed up since we initially asked who would like to participate in January,” he said.

The spokesman added the district didn’t anticipate needing to hold any more mass clinics to distribute the vaccine.

“We think this will get us close enough to vaccinating everyone who wants it,” he said. “We imagine we’ll be able to handle the remainder on a case-by-case basis.”

The March 5 and April 1 COVID-19 vaccinations will be held at Gallatin High School.

The Tennessee Department of Health started registering Tennesseans aged 65 and older and those in Phase 1b of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan on Feb. 22. Phase 1b includes staff members of kindergarten through 12th grade schools and child care facilities.

To register for a vaccine, visit https://vaccinate.tn.gov/ or call 866-442-5301.