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Leon County Schools employees receive vaccinations

Posted at 1:56 AM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 11:04:16-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Dick Hosford along with 150 of his friends and colleagues from Leon County Schools lined up Saturday at the health department to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"It would be nice if everyone was able to get the vaccine," said Hosford, a security guard at one of the districts middle schools.

Right now, only the district's seniors 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine.

Superintendent Rocky Hanna said he's pushing for every teacher, bus driver and employee in his district to stay at the top of the vaccine priority list in the coming months.

"I'm pleading with the governor that the next round, after we finish with 65 and above, we have to get the teachers moved up on the list," said Hanna.

Vaccinating teachers like Gayle Dove from Heritage Trails who has been on the front line teaching kids for over 25 years.

"I didn't have to think about it. It was like yes," said Dove. "If it's available and I can be one of the ones to get the vaccine I'm definitely on board to do that."

Also vaccinating its staff, Florida State University who has vaccinated over 300 people since vaccines have been made available to them as well.

"It's Incredibly important that we get as many individuals vaccinated as we are able. It's important in the mitigation of spread of COVID-19," said Ryen Pagel, Associate Director of Clinical Operations at FSU.

To also help prevent the spread of COVID-19, FAMU is opening up its second testing site on Monday. The free service is only available for students and staff at the FAMU Employee Clubhouse on South Adams Street.