Halifax County moved into Phase 1b for vaccinations this week, which includes K-12 teachers and other school staff.

Halifax County Public Schools had not begun vaccinations as of Tuesday, but they have a plan in place for when they do begin.

Head nurse Tina Slabach said their preliminary plan is to utilize Halifax County Middle School gymnasium, which has to be approved by the health department, but she is confident they’ll approve the plan as they’ve used the gym for flu clinics in the past.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg said he anticipates six individuals receiving the shot per hour due to time to administer the shot and a waiting period that follows to ensure no side effects. 

Slabach said all school nurses are being trained to administer the shots and will be monitoring individuals after they receive the shot. She also said the school system would not be responsible for storage and handling of vaccines.

All employees were surveyed at the beginning of the month to see who would be interested in receiving the vaccine, and Lineburg said they have a “high number” of individuals who said they would.

That number, Slabach said, is currently over 550, but could change.

Slabach and Lineburg anticipate that the first shot could be administered to all employees in two days.

The vaccine is administered in two rounds weeks apart.

But, for now they’re waiting to hear from the health department to see when they’ll receive their shipment.

“We’re in frequent communication with the health department, and as soon as they give us the go ahead, we’ll be able to begin,” said Slabach.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at ahodge@gazettevirginian.com