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BCS Partners with BCHD to Administer COVID Vaccine

Posted on 02/18/2021

Bladen County Schools is excited to announce the BCS COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics are scheduled in collaboration with the local Bladen County Health Department.  BCS staff will be able to visit the clinic site based on a pre-scheduled appointment time at the local health department to receive their first dose of the Moderna vaccine on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Additional clinics are scheduled for Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26.

This is a great opportunity for BCS staff and is a critical step in the district’s safety planning and school operations. “We are extremely grateful to Dr. Terri Duncan and her staff at the health department for their advocacy work in securing the vaccine for Bladen County educators. The safety of our students and our staff is our top priority and we believe this vaccine is the next step for safety planning,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Jason Atkinson. 

BCS sent out a vaccine interest survey in January 2021 and provided the results early on to the local health department in order to be prepared and ready once the vaccine was available for educators. On February 10, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will begin vaccinating teachers and other essential workers later in the month. 

BCS School Nurses will be assisting the local health department with the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Susan Lanier, BCS School Nurse stated,  “Our School Nurses are dedicated to serving our staff during this pandemic and are happy to assist and support measures available to help combat the risk of COVID-19.”

The Bladen County Health Department is administering the Moderna vaccine. For maximum benefits and to be considered fully vaccinated, staff will need to receive both doses as scheduled, which is 28 days after the first vaccine.

Following the second shot, everyone has 2 additional weeks (according to the science) before they are considered to be in the 95% immunity category.

Anyone who is in quarantine or has been a laboratory-confirmed positive 14 days prior to EITHER shot is not eligible to take the shot. So, please be as vigilant as ever and follow the 3 W’s!!

At this time, BCS is on Plan A, a four-day week schedule for students PreK-4th grades, and Plan B, an “AA/BB” hybrid schedule for students in 5th -12th grades. Unless under doctor’s orders or medical conditions prevent it, teachers are delivering instruction with both plans from their classrooms.