Starting today, Metro Schools teachers can register for COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 7:44 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 15:02:03-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Starting Thursday, Nashville teachers can begin registering to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Monday, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced vaccinations will start next Saturday, February 20.

MNPS staff members are supposed to get an email with instructions on how to register and schedule their appointments today. Teachers who are working in person will get priority, but eventually all in-person and virtual staff members will get vaccinated.

The vaccinations will take place at Vanderbilt's Health Clinic at 100 Oaks.

Amanda Kail, president of the Metro Nashville Education Association, says she's grateful teachers are able to get vaccinated, but there's still more that needs to be done to keep everyone safe.

“If educators cannot be vaccinated before they’re in buildings, then we need to have social distancing and updated ventilation systems, neither of which we have in Metro,” said Kail.

Mayor John Cooper is proposing $70 million for repairs like that at 45 schools, but that's something that's going to take time.

Kail also says, another way to keep everyone safe is to hire more teachers so that way there would be smaller classrooms.