West Virginia school staff to be surveyed on whether they want COVID-19 vaccine

What they learn in the survey will help determine how many vaccines are needed per district.
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 6:09 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Department of Education says this week they’ll be sending a survey to county superintendents to find out how many teachers and staff members want to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

They say the Moderna vaccines, which are pending FDA approval, will be prioritized to staff age 50 and above.

In a written statement, the Department of Education says while specific dates have not been set, they’re working with the National Guard to be prepared for distribution as soon as vaccines are allocated for the state’s Phase 1-D.

The statement says the information obtained from the survey will assist in determining how many vaccines are needed per district.

Cabell County Schools Superintendent Ryan Saxe says individual staff members should make their own decisions on whether to take the vaccine.

“I think each individual has to do what they feel is best for them and their family,” Saxe said. “We’re going to continue as a school district making the best decisions for our students and staff to keep them safe, but people have to do what they’re comfortable with.”

Cabell County has been doing a hybrid learning model since the start of the school year, except for the past two weeks when they’ve had to do virtual or remote learning from home because of the state’s color-coding system, Saxe said.

Saxe says they’ll decide Jan. 19 at their board meeting what model they’ll start next semester with.

Saxe says he’s been told the vaccine might be available for staff as soon as the week of December 27.

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