LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Longview ISD superintendent Dr. James Wilcox says the district is working on a plan to get their staff members the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We think it’s an integral part of reopening and getting back as close as we can to the old normal is having kids in school and we want our students in class face to face with their teacher,” Wilcox said.
The district is partnering with Aurora Concepts − a private medical practice to get the vaccines.
“They will send a mobile van out to the district central office and they will set up inside our central office and then employees can come by here and receive the vaccine and then return to work,” Wilcox said.
The district will prioritize who gets the vaccine. Those 60 and older and 50 and older with underlying health conditions will be eligible first.
“We want to encourage all our employees to get the vaccine, but it is not mandated at this time. As we move forward, it could be, but at this time, it is not,” Wilcox said.
Right now, the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for people 16 and older − the Moderna vaccine 18 and older. Wilcox says at some point down the road, they may offer vaccines to students who qualify.
“If the state wants us to do that, we’re ready and we’re able,” Wilcox said.
Wilcox says the Moderna vaccines for district staff could arrive as early as next week.