Superintendent: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Staff and Faculty To Be Held Over Next Two-and-a-Half Weeks
All New Canaan Public Schools staff and faculty seeking COVID-19 vaccinations will have a chance to get their shots within the next two-and-a-half weeks or so, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi said Monday night.
Under the continued vaccine rollout that Gov. Ned Lamont announced last week, school staff and teachers are among those eligible to get vaccinated starting in March.
Luizzi said he connected immediately with Health Director Jenn Eielson to put together a thorough, fair, thoughtful and non-disruptive system for all full-time and part-time district staff members. “This is a milestone in this whole experience, for all of us,” Luizzi told members of the Board of Education during their regular meeting, held via videoconference. “And we are really excited to get going.”
He added, “The vaccinations have been foremost on our minds, and that’s a big turning point here with COVID and everything else that we’ve been experiencing.”
The comments came during Luizzi’s general update on COVID-19.
During an initial clinic at Lapham Community Center that will be held Wednesday, 350 first doses will be administered to all full- and part-time staff members aged approximately 46-and-older, Luizzi said. “And we’re still working and refining that list, so in one week we are able to get to a significant portion of our staff,” he said. “The system that we have in place looks like it might take two-and-a-half weeks or so for everybody who wants a vaccination to get one.”
First-dose clinics will be held on Wednesday afternoons when school is not in session, Luizzi said, and second doses will be offered Fridays so that people can rest through possible side effects.