Teachers receive final dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Teachers received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday, Feb. 23, a step toward being all in safely on Tuesday, March 23.

Principal Kristin Robbins explained that all teachers who wanted it received their second vaccine starting Feb. 23 after receiving their first dose the week of Tuesday, Feb. 2 and then waiting the mandatory three week period.

Getting the teachers vaccinated was a priority, but most teachers received their vaccination outside of the work day, meaning not many subs were needed, she said.

Robbins explained that the expectation for the second dose was that 50% of teachers would have side effects and need a substitute, but that wasn’t the case.

“We had 31 teachers get their second dose on Tuesday, and only two were sick and needed a substitute,” she said. “Our teachers are rock stars.”

Art teacher Helma Groot said that she looked forward to receiving the second dose and the only problem she had with the shot was the online sign up, which was very frustrating and time consuming.

“The site kept crashing, and I tried for 12 hours before I got my appointment time,” she said.

Math teacher Mark Hayman also said his online sign up experience had some difficulties, but getting the actual shot went well.

“For the number of teachers there, getting shots it was a pretty quick process,” he said.

Hayman said that he received his second dose on Tuesday, Feb. 23. He explained that receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine went well, but he had his worries about getting the second dose.

“My daughter has had both and she felt pretty sick the night after and the whole next day after she got the second shot,” Hayman said.

Hayman said he has concerns for the students’ health for when the school returns to all in, because they will not have received the vaccine.

“The students will more than likely be the ones that will be closer together on a consistent basis as well,” Hayman said.

Mia Diffley
Mitchell Giller is a junior at Bexley High School and is a staff reporter on The Torch. Outside of Torch, he plays tennis for the high school.