After waiting patiently for Kentucky to move into Phase 1-B of the vaccination plan...Henderson county schools have partnered with Walmart pharmacy to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
"Today we are giving a shot of hope," says Bob Lawson, Henderson County schools Superintendent.
Hope is exactly what some Henderson County Schools staff now have, after receiving their first dose of the vaccine. Especially one staff member who may have lost hope in December.
"In December, Ms. Gary lost her father to COVID-19. In receiving this vaccine today, is a meaningful way for her to honor her fathers memory," Supt. Lawson said.
Randa Gary, who is a Media Specialist at the Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center, told 44news her father battled the deadly virus for one month before passing.
"I'm here today just because I hope to be an encouragement to other people to consider getting this vaccine," Randa Gary says.
Supt. Lawson says the district has reserved 598 Doses of the Moderna vaccine for its staff. Around 20 staff were vaccinated on Wednesday, and another 80 are receiving their dose Thursday.
Lawson says, "for our employees to have the opportunity to choose to take the vaccine or to not choose o take the vaccine, is essentially important to me."
With Henderson County Schools on a Hybrid Learning Schedule, students are only inside the classroom twice a week.
Now that the vaccine is available to staff, they hope this will lower the chance of positive cases in the building so students will resume in-person learning five days a week.