In a true display of teamwork and vision, the St. Bernard Parish School System completed the second round of vaccinations for all interested employees last week.
Two rounds of six hundred doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered by the Methodist Health System Foundation with the help of nursing students at Nunez Community College and Holy Cross University.
Superintendent Doris Voitier estimated that these efforts coupled with earlier vaccinations will result in nearly 70% of the district’s employees being fully vaccinated, making St. Bernard likely the first district in the state to complete the vaccination process for all of its interested educators.
“As school people, we know that the best place for students to learn is in the classroom,” Voitier said. “Our teachers and staff have been committed to providing the best educational experiences possible for our students this year. “The Board and our administration have focused our efforts on our number one priority – the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students.”
School Board Vice-President Cliff Englande said the vaccines, made possible by the Louisiana Department of Health, were needed and much appreciated.
“We know our vaccination efforts will go a long way in providing a greater level of comfort to those working with our students every day,” Englande said. “Thanks to everyone who made this herculean effort so seamless. It truly shows the unity of our school system and the strength of our people.”