Saturday, March 6, was an exciting day for many as the first wave of employees from all school districts within the metro Omaha area received the COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination clinics were held in Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass county school sites so educators and other school staff county-wide could receive the vaccine.
Papillion La Vista South High School hosted the Sarpy/Cass vaccination clinic to welcome over 2,200 school employees across the two counties, including over 800 PLCS employees. Both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines were administered.
Those arriving to receive the vaccine were visibly excited, many expressing joy at the opportunity to be vaccinated. Many remarked on the efficiency of the clinic.
Dr. Andrew Rikli, PLCS Superintendent, remarked on the momentous occasion. “We are about this opportunity for all of our staff vaccinated, our teaching staff in particular,” he said. “This is an incredibly important step for us to help protect our staff, our students, and community.”
Jordan Koch, a 6th grade teacher at Bell Elementary, noted, “It’s a big moment...to be able to finally get vaccinated and feel safer teaching and helping our students in the classroom.”
Andrew Nabity, a 5th grade teacher at Patriot Elementary, added, “The impact that today is making on so many people - you can’t put it into words.”
Dr. Rikli expressed thanks for PLCS staff and Board of Education in addition to Sarpy/Cass County Health Director Sarah Schram and her staff for working so hard on the vaccination clinics and in helping the school districts.
Across Douglas, Sarpy, and Cass counties, over 7,000 school employees were vaccinated by the end of Saturday. March 6 marks the first day of vaccination clinics for school employees, with more clinics to be held on remaining Saturdays in March.