While many teachers in Oneida County struggled to make COVID vaccine appointments only to have them canceled because the provider ran out of doses, staff in the Camden School District merely went to the high school gym on Thursday. The district partnered with Upstate Family Health Center, in Utica, for COVID testing, and revisited that partnership for vaccinations.
"I called Rich up and I asked him if we could partner up together in a manner in which we would use their medical license and their organization and they would host a vaccination event here at Camden High School," said Superintendent Dr. Ravo Paul Root III.
The school district vaccinated 100 of their roughly 420-member staff Thursday. Their school nurses helped clinic staff. Distribution was blind.
"We did a survey of all of our staff and we asked them if they would like to get the vaccine, we created a list of people, and then we used a computer program to randomize that list so that everybody was on equal footing," said Dr. Root.
Oneida County Executive, Anthony Picente, had a conference call with county school superintendents on Thursday. He said he'd like to explore doing mobile vaccination pods at county schools, but says the supply chain, currently, is too unreliable.
"We got 1,300 on Tuesday and we had gotten 3,000 the week before, so I don't know....we're still trying to figure out the rhyme and reason." says Picente. "It's not-existent at St. Elizabeth's, Rome Hospital. Federal Qualified Health Clinic, on Noyes, is about to run out."
Camden Schools plan to vaccinate approximately 150 more staff at a similar event in the near future. The district resumes adaptive hybrid learning Tuesday, January 19th.