MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery Public School employees who have not had the chance to get a COVID-19 vaccination elsewhere now have an opportunity to get one during a clinic exclusively for them.
Monday, MPS officials joined leaders from Alabama State University and the Alabama Education Association to announce a partnership to vaccinate employees through a clinic just for them on ASU’s campus.
“It’s been a long road. We’ve worked through many, many avenues. This is the first one where we have been able to actually say we have a designated amount of the vaccine available to our employees,” said MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore. “That will be teachers, administrators, bus drivers...anybody who works for the school system.”
“We started our partnership with the Alabama Department of Public Health in May of 2020, and it has evolved from just offering testing to the University becoming a vaccination site for ASU employees, Montgomery Housing Authority residents and now for the Montgomery Public School system,” said ASU President Dr. Quinton Ross. “We expect this partnership to continue as long as we are needed to help with the safety of our community.”
According to ASU, the university will administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 800 MPS employees during the clinic,” supervised by Dr. Joyce Loyd-Davis, ASU’s senior director of Health Services.
“These vaccinations will be given on Thursday so that the Health Center staff can continue with its COVID-19 testing and vaccinations of ASU employees on the dates that have already been established for them,” Loyd-Davis stated. She added that those who come through the line will be given a card scheduling their second dose. which will also be done in the same place at ASU’s Lockhart Gym.
Moore said the school system has 4,500 employees and, while she doesn’t know how many have opted to get their vaccination through other means, ‘we know with this additional 800 [doses], that we will be able to say ‘If you really, really want it, to take advantage of that opportunity, here’s where you can go on Thursday.’”
MPS announced in January that it would return to virtual instruction. The school system said it would resume in-person instruction only when their employees could receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey, the school system pointed out the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, confirmed racial and ethnic minorities are at a greater risk of getting sick and dying from the virus.
Shortly after, the state expanded vaccine eligibility to additional groups of people, including teachers and those over the age of 65.
“Our teachers want to return, but they want to return safely,” Moore said Monday.