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Teachers to be vaccinated en masse this Friday afternoon

THE TEMPORARY carports erected in the student parking lot at Cairo High School will be finally be put to use later this week for a mass vaccination clinic for local educators. In this file photo, Cairo High School Principal Chris Lokey, left, talks with Grady Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Phillips.

The vaccination effort in Grady County is ramping up this week with Grady County educators getting their shot at getting inoculated against COVID-19 Friday. That news comes as the Grady County Health Department reports it is administering an average of 300 doses per week to the community and had given 2,982 shots so far, as of Monday.
Health department officials along with others from the local hospital and school system have worked together to plan for Friday’s mass vaccination of Grady County educators. Grady General Hospital is conducting the vaccination event.
Crystal Wells, administrator of Grady General, says she and Dori Griffin, R.N., met with Dr. Kermit Gilliard and Dave Mitchell from the Grady County School System, Richard Phillips, director of Grady County Emergency Management, and Michelle Thornton, R.N./B.S.N., director of the Grady County Health Department, to determine the best way to vaccinate educators.
“Our goal was to work together to make it as convenient as possible for those educators who would like to receive the vaccine,” says Wells.
They decided upon a drive through clinic to take place at Cairo High School where local educators can get their first dose of the vaccine.
“This would allow the educators to receive their shot on Friday and have the weekend to recover from any side effects,” says Wells.
Dr. Gilliard says teachers are signing up at their schools to participate in Friday’s mass vaccination event, scheduled to take place 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.
He says those unable to make Friday’s event also have the option of calling the Grady County Health Department or local pharmacies to schedule a time.
Dr. Gilliard says this is a positive step.
He says, “I am glad that Governor Kemp has released vaccine for our educators. Our teachers and staff have been on the front lines since September. Hopefully, our numbers will continue to go down and we can focus on teaching and learning and not have to focus on the pandemic.”

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