Teachers of Loudoun County Get Their COVID Vaccines

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Harmony Middle School Principal Eric Stewart receiving his COVID-19 vaccination. Photo provided by Carissa Vergeres.

Written by Ainsleigh Shipp and Lainey Lynch

The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on communities and nations this past year, leading most schools to turn to distance learning. However, some schools have gone back with a hybrid schedule where they plan to be in person for a portion of the time. With the availability of the Moderna, Pfizer, and the new Johnson & Johnson vaccines, teachers have been propelled to the front of the line for vaccinations, with the hope of allowing students to return to full time in-person learning. For Loudoun County Public Schools, many employees have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and schools are in a hybrid learning model. 

The vaccine roll out to LCPS employees began with signing up for an allotted time; upon arrival, they were greeted by staff members and nurses to help them with the vaccination process. “There were about 13 nursing stations being run by LCPS school nurses where they administered the vaccine. Mine was very warm, friendly, reassuring, and really put me at ease. I also did not feel anything when she inserted the needle,” says Woodgrove Assistant Principal Christina Thompson. 

Employees schedule to receive their second shot three to four weeks later, and many expect varying vaccine reactions. School social worker Kelley Trenary says, “The only reaction I had to the shot was a very sore arm. I needed to take Advil and use an ice pack on my shot site for a few days.” 

As always, safety for staff and students is the primary concern, and many teachers feel more at ease knowing the vaccine will help fight against the coronavirus.I feel comfortable knowing that I have been given the vaccine to help eliminate or lessen the symptoms and spread of COVID-19. I am excited to have the opportunity to be back at Woodgrove with students,” says Trenary.

Students are also feeling more confident in the hybrid plan with vaccinated staff. Senior David Rivera-Lopez says, “I think it’s good if the teachers take that precaution because they’re being exposed to kids again, even if it is a lesser amount than before. They can still be at risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to others.”

As more students return to school, there is hope that eventually students and teachers will be able to return to full school capacity. 

Woodgrove High School weeks before the return to hybrid learning. Photo provided by Ainsleigh Shipp.