A 'shot of hope' for educators in Scott County

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Posted at 4:17 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 16:17:58-05

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — Today, educators from across Scott County lined up for a "shot of hope" at Great Crossing High School.

They were able to get their first COVID-19 vaccine.

It comes just ahead of the district's return to in-person learning tomorrow.

"The process was smooth, everything went well, and I didn't even know she had given me the shot," said educator Rodney Mason.

WEDCO Public Health Director Crystal Miller said any employee who signed up could receive the Moderna vaccine. 1,600 staff members did so.

"I think today gives our school system employees and our community a glimmer of hope that we are starting to be at the beginning of the end of the pandemic, and that's really exciting for us to think about that we might go back to some sense of normalcy," said Dr. Miller.

For Mason, today's vaccinations mark a huge turning point.

"Our children right now are already struggling with being virtual, so we are excited about them coming back, and we want to make this as safe as we can for them and their parents so their parents can say, 'hey, my child is going to a safe place where the people there care so much about them they will take the vaccine,'" said Mason.

There will be another clinic in about a month so everyone can get their second dose of the vaccine.