Williamson County Schools receives approval for future teacher vaccinations

Williamson County Schools will be able to administer vaccines to employees when the county moves to Phase 1B. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County Schools will be able to administer vaccines to employees when the county moves to Phase 1B. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

Williamson County Schools will be able to administer vaccines to employees when the county moves to Phase 1B. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

When Williamson County moves to Phase 1B of its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, Williamson County Schools will be a distributor for the vaccine, according to a Feb. 2 announcement from the district.

The district announced the Tennessee Department of Health has granted permission for school nurses to administer vaccines to district employees when the vaccine becomes available to teachers and staff.

Currently, K-12 teachers and staff are in Phase 1B of the plan. As of early February, the state has only authorized distribution to phases 1A1, 1A2 and for those 70 and older.

"I am so impressed with the hard work of our safety and security, nursing and COVID[-19] response leadership in securing the approval for our school nurses to administer vaccines to our staff," Superintendent Jason Golden said in a release. "That staff has spent many hours planning for that involved process to begin when dosages become available."

Gary Anderson, executive director of COVID-19 response and former board of education chair, said some WCS employees have already received the vaccine after traveling to other counties already in Phase 1B, such a Smith, DeKalb and Warren counties.

Tennesseans are permitted to travel to other counties to receive the vaccine, according to Hannah Bleam, external affairs officer for Williamson County Emergency Management. However, they must receive both vaccines in the same county and location.

More information will be sent to WCS employees in the coming weeks with instructions on how to sign up for the vaccine, according to the district.

See which counties are in Phase 1B here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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