Although school gymnasiums have been largely quiet throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the gyms at Beckemeyer Elementary School in Hillsboro and Litchfield High School were buzzing as about 500 school district employees from all four Montgomery County school districts received the first dose of the COVID vaccine on Saturday, Jan. 23.
None of the four school districts were mandating employees to be vaccinated, however, officials were pleased by the turnout on Saturday. The Hillsboro site administered about 270 vaccines to Hillsboro and Nokomis school district employees, while the Litchfield site administered 230 vaccines to the Litchfield and Panhandle school district staffs. In addition to teachers and administrators, the vaccine was offered to transportation and custodial staff, secretaries, cafeteria workers, coaches and substitute teachers.
The clinics were provided by the Montgomery County Health Department with many school district nurses and other volunteers helping to staff the clinics.
It was extra special in Hillsboro where a mother and daughter team shared a table to administer vaccines. Ali Luckett, who serves as the school nurse at Beckemeyer, worked closely with her mom, Joanie Davis of Witt during the clinic.
“We’re glad to be able to finally do something,” said Hillsboro Superintendent David Powell. “It’s exciting.”