MARICOPA — Nearly 200 Maricopa Unified School District employees successfully received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday during a clinic put on by the district and Sun Life Family Health Center.
Previously, a survey was sent out to teachers and staff in MUSD to gauge interest in a vaccine clinic. Around 200 employees expressed interest in participating, and were offered priority appointments on Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the district administrative offices. Other employees who were interested in vaccinations but did not complete the survey were able to attend from 5 to 7 p.m. for a first come, first serve dosage.
The Sun Life Family Health Center allocated about 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine for the partnered event, and successfully administered 180 of those doses to MUSD staff members. According to MUSD Spokeswoman Mishell Terry, some employees who had indicated they would like a vaccine in the earlier survey had already received their dose at other locations and did not attend the event.
Though Pinal County has had trouble securing vaccines, Terry said there were no issues vaccinating all who requested a dose at the event. Those who were vaccinated on Monday were also automatically signed up for their second dose exactly one month later on March 1.
“I'm hopeful that we're moving into a stronger deployment phase now, and the vaccine is becoming more readily available to people who are interested in receiving it,” Terry said.
According to Terry, the district plans to send out another survey after the second dose is administered to determine what percentage of MUSD staff is now vaccinated against COVID-19, and if staff are interested in another clinic.
“We just want to continue to provide every opportunity to keep our employees safe while they're on campus,” Terry said. “We look at the vaccine as the next phase of being able to provide some additional safety for employees.”