South County school districts hold special events to vaccinate teachers

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The Affton School District vaccinated every teacher and staff member who wanted a COVID-19 vaccine at an event at Affton High School Monday, March 15, 2021, seen above.

By Gloria Lloyd, News Editor

Most South County school districts are holding vaccination events in the coming days for their teachers and school staff now that the state has expanded eligibility for the vaccine to educators.

The Mehlville, Lindbergh, Affton and Hancock Place school districts have all lined up events to vaccinate teachers, partnering with local pharmacies. Hancock is conducting clinics through its longtime partner that runs the community clinic at Hancock High School.

The Mehlville School District is scheduling two virtual learning days so that teachers and staff can be vaccinated at district-run vaccine clinics. The first day for vaccinations will take place Friday, March 19. A follow-up clinic for the second dose of the vaccine is scheduled for Friday, April 16. Those days will be virtual learning days for all students. The virtual learning days will be a mix of live instruction and independent activities to allow teachers time to attend their vaccine appointments.

The clinic is a partnership between the district and Dr. Tyler Taylor, a Mehlville alum who owns St. Louis Hills Pharmacy.

Superintendent Chris Gaines thanked Taylor and lead nurse Jennifer Ahearn for working together to get the district’s teachers vaccinated.

Lindbergh Schools will be holding a vaccination clinic for the district’s teachers and employees Tuesday, March 30, and Wednesday, March 31. The event will also be open to private, parochial and preschool teachers within the district’s boundaries, and the district is working with those organizations to get the word out and get teachers signed up ahead of time. The district has previously vaccinated school nurses and said it would do what it could to get all teachers and staff vaccinated who want the shot.

Hancock Place School District is holding a vaccination distribution event from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Hancock Central Office, 9417 South Broadway, 63125.

Hancock Place has partnered with IFM Community Medicine, the district’s on-site school based community clinic partner for more than 20 years, to provide 100 Moderna vaccines for school personnel. This includes teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, clerical staff, custodians, maintenance, administrators and school board members.

“We are pleased that every educational employee who signed up to be vaccinated will be,” said Superintendent Kevin Carl.

The Affton School District partnered with the Affton Medicine Shoppe to vaccinate 120 teachers at a clinic at Affton High School Monday, the first day teachers were eligible. The district said in a Facebook post it was “grateful” for the opportunity to vaccinate teachers, bus drivers, custodians and staff members, along with the employees from Special School District and Chartwells food service working in Affton schools.

“We were able to vaccinate all eligible employees who indicated that they would like to receive one,” the district said, bringing the total number of staff who have received the first dose of the vaccine to 75 percent.

In addition to the local events put on by school districts, St. Louis County will be holding a mass vaccination event next week just for county educators and school staff at its mass vaccine site at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College.

See a gallery of teachers and staff at Affton receiving the vaccine Monday: