Nearly 500 teachers, substitutes and bus drivers within the Hopkins County School System have signed up to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
"We're honored to be considered some of those front-line workers," said Principal Jennifer Hall at Madison North Hopkins High School.
She was one of the first educators to get vaccinated Tuesday morning, out of the nearly 1,000 plus employees throughout the school system.
"We're obviously hopeful that this is going to help keep more people safe including us, our family members, our students and staff," she said."
And with each school having their own nurse to administer the vaccines -- there was no need to set up a clinic.
Superintendent Deanna Ashby was the first to roll up her sleeves, with Hopkins County Health Department director Denise Beach, giving her her first dose.
"We're very happy that we were able to receive the vaccine early," Ashby said. "And so we feel it's a step in the right direction."
School leaders still plan to resume their hybrid mode of learning next Tuesday and feel safer being back in the buildings with students knowing they are one step closer to being immunized.
"This is going to help provide a wall of protection against Covid for our students and our staff and our community,” Ashby said.
Currently, they are working on vaccinating all teachers, but plan to start with part-time employees in the next few days and wrap up the first round of doses by Friday.