Hundreds of Nassau teachers get vaccinated as part of dedicated pilot program

Up to 300 local teachers and staff from Oceanside, Island Park, Rockville Centre and Long Beach proudly rolled up their sleeves to get their first vaccine dose.

News 12 Staff

Mar 5, 2021, 11:18 PM

Updated 1,231 days ago

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President Joe Biden's newest directive is to get every educator their at least their first vaccination this month. Now local leaders in Nassau have launched a program to get that done.
Up to 300 local teachers and staff from Oceanside, Island Park, Rockville Centre and Long Beach proudly rolled up their sleeves to get their first vaccine dose.
"I definitely feel more comfortable about going to school every day than I did before," says Johanna Appel, an Island Park technology teacher.
Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital worked with Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, who is currently quarantining at home, and the Department of Health to establish this dedicated teacher's vaccination pilot program.
"This is specifically the first time we redistributed vaccines to speed up getting to a specific group of teachers," says Nassau Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein. "We can do that now because the amount of vaccines has increased."
Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Adhi Sharma says they're planning on hosting this teacher program every other week. Sharma says each school district in Nassau County has a certain number of slots for teachers to get vaccinated.
"This also prevented any kind of inequity in what school district getting more spots by having it just open on a website where people may have gotten to it first," says Dr. Sharma.
Teachers and staff who have not yet been vaccinated will be invited by their administrations to schedule appointments.


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