As part of a special partnership between Atlanta Public Schools (APS) and the Fulton County Board of Health, APS began offering employees who are 65 years of age or older, school nurses, and safety and security officers the COVID-19 vaccine last week. Through the week about a dozen safety and security staff were vaccinated along with the officers from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
This past Saturday, in a special “Super Saturday” event at Mercedes Benz Stadium, hundreds of APS employees and Fulton County Schools employees in Phase 1A were invited to be vaccinated. The State is currently in Phase 1A and vaccinating first responders, healthcare workers and those who are 65 years and older. Participating in this special vaccination day was voluntary. As space allowed, eligible spouses could also receive the vaccine.
The feedback from the event has been positive.
“I want to pass on my overwhelming praise to APS for the COVID -19 vaccine distribution at Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” wrote Cynthia Kuhlman. “I experienced it myself and WOW! It was actually fun to go and get a shot, and the rumors are wrong — it didn’t even hurt. I feel very fortunate and was surprised for my husband and me to be invited to join APS.”
Health Services Manager Dr. Valencia Hildreth said APS will continue to work closely with Fulton County Board of Health through Phase 1A. ” We are thankful for the partnership with Fulton County Board of Health and Fulton County Schools,” said Hildreth. “Internally, our APS team will continue to plan so that we are ready when Phase 1B is open for the rest of our workforce.”
For anyone in Phase 1A wishing to receive the vaccine on a different day, they will need to enroll through the Fulton County Board of Health’s website. Click here to go to the Fulton County Board of Health website for more information.