JCS Delivers First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine

JCS Delivers First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine
Posted on 01/08/2021
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. – The initial round of the COVID-19 vaccine was successfully administered at Jefferson High School (JHS) Thursday, January 7, 2021.
The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) notified Jefferson County Schools on Tuesday that vaccine was available for pre-registered staff members over 50-years-old.
Jefferson High School teacher Ellen Smoot said in an email she was not anticipating a pleasant experience.
“I had completely expected to stand in line in the cold waiting my turn but that was not the case. The whole process was run like a ‘well oiled machine,’" Smoot said.
Many staff expressed their thanks and stated they were relieved to be getting vaccinated.
Harpers Ferry Middle School (HFMS) teacher Michele Bonbright had one word to describe the event Thursday.
“WOW----Just WOW!  Thank you to everyone involved for an amazing job!  The procedure for receiving the vaccine was FABULOUS! The event was so well organized and orchestrated,” Bonbright said in an email.
Her HFMS colleague Francine DeRonda said she was impressed by the event’s efficiency.
“Kudos to all those who assisted in the planning.”
JCS maintenance staff, nurses, administrative volunteers, and staff at JHS began organizing the event as soon as information from the state was available.
JCS also partnered with Shepherdstown Pharmacy, DHHR, and WVDE to help get the vaccine delivered quickly and safely.
A total of 338 Jefferson County Schools employees were safely vaccinated over a six-hour period. 
Superintendent Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson offered special thanks to the custodial staff at JHS for the exemplary level of cleanliness/disinfection and to the JCS nursing staff who worked tirelessly to support everyone in this new process.   

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