A collaborative effort between the Manet Community Health Center in Hull and the Hull Public Schools has meant that about 95 percent of the town’s teachers, bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, and other staff associated with the schools have either been partially or fully vaccinated or have scheduled appointments to receive their first or second doses.
“Manet supplies the doses, and some of our staff volunteer to help out,” School Superintendent Judith Kuehn told The Hull Times.
Manet and the HPS hosted a vaccination clinic at the high school Feb. 17 for residents age 75 or older and those age 65 and older with two or more serious health conditions. Because a number of appointment slots were not filled, 22 members of the HPS staff were able to get a vaccination that day. HPS school nurses Sharon Striglio, Tricia Roach, and Kathy Keegan helped with the registration.
Through this joint effort, another clinic was held at the Mary Jeanette Murray Bath House this Wednesday, with 180 vaccinations administered to people age 75 or over or 65 and older (as described above) and to 20 additional school staff members. All the vaccinations were administered by the three school nurses.
Another collaborative clinic is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24. All three school nurses will administer the vaccines at that clinic as well. “We’ll get the word out,” Kuehn said. (The location is expected to be posted on social media and thorough other channels.)
“Some of our teachers and other staff will get their second doses on that day,” Kuehn said. “Fifteen appointments are available for HPS staff. We’ll let Manet know how many of those we’ll need by [this] Friday.” Signups for HPS teachers and other staff are processed through Kuehn.
In addition to the local clinics, Kuehn said, “a lot of our teachers have been able to schedule a vaccination at CVS.”
The inoculations give teachers and other staff members “peace of mind about their health and safety,” she explained. “It makes them feel comfortable, and not fearful, coming to work each day.”
The vaccinations are administered at the discretion of individual teachers and other staff and are not mandatory.