After almost a year of virtual learning, some of Metro public schools youngest learners and teachers have returned to the classroom.
However, MNPS teachers and staff didn't have the opportunity to get vaccinated, that is until Saturday.
Hundreds showed up to Vanderbilt at 100 Oaks to get their first dose of the vaccine.
"I feel really relieved this is a great day for us educators to be moved up in line to receive vaccinations," said Dr. Adrienne Battle, MNPS Director of Schools.
Lovie Lester has only returned to teaching kindergarten in person at Percy Priest Elementary School for about four days.
She says it gives her peace of mind to be able to get the shot this weekend, before returning to the classroom Monday.
There are 17 students in her class.
"There's always that worry in back of our heads especially those who have parents who are high risk so to be able to be one step closer to hugging our families without the fear or worry and getting back to normal with teaching is a blessing," Lester said.
Vanderbilt has vaccinated nearly 500 MNPS staff and teachers Saturday and will vaccinate another 500 this Sunday.
The school district says 5,500 out of nearly, 14,000 eligible staff have already booked their first appointment with Vanderbilt Health between February 20 and February 28.
Teachers who are working in person will get priority, but eventually, all in-person and virtual staff members will get vaccinated.