CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Employees who work for Chesapeake Public Schools will be able to start receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine beginning Wednesday.
The district announced Monday that it has partnered with the Chesapeake Health Department to receive 1,400 doses of the Moderna vaccine. It is administered in a two-dose series, and employees who work closest to students can choose to receive their first dose this week, the district says. The second dose will come four weeks later.
CPS says more doses are on the way and more vaccine clinics will be held the week of January 25 and again the week of February 15 to ensure all employees who wish to receive a vaccine can participate.
“Our schools play an important role in our community, one that is very multifaceted. Families rely on our schools to educate and guide our children, but also to provide access to healthy meals and other support services that are vital to the growth and development of our community’s children. I am pleased that we are able to provide access to this vaccine to Chesapeake’s school employees so soon and I am confident this additional measure will help in our fight to limit the spread of the disease in our community," said Dr. Nancy Welch, the Director of the Chesapeake Health Department.
CPS employees were given registration information Monday afternoon.
“When we received word that there was a possibility we would be receiving the vaccines for our employees this week, we were excited,” said Chesapeake Public Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton. “This is just another example of the strong support we receive from Dr. Welch and her team at the Chesapeake Health Department. Offering vaccinations to our employees is an important step to help protect our entire school community and we are committed to helping all interested employees have access to the vaccine.”