AC School News: Teachers and staff to get vaccines

Anderson County Schools announced on Monday that it is no longer accepting new applications for virtual learning.

Those teachers in the Anderson County school system who wish to receive it will get their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on one day in one single location.

Officials say that the school system signed up to be a vaccine provider, meaning that school employees will not have to make their own appointments through the state to receive the vaccine. Staff members at K-12 schools and child care centers became eligible to receive the vaccine under the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan on Monday.

One of the upsides of doing it in-house will be the fact that the school system’s own nurses, who have received special COVID vaccination training, can gather everyone in one single location and get shots into arms relatively quickly.

Officials say that the school system had to purchase special refrigerators to store their vaccine doses safely, and data loggers that track the temperature inside those refrigerators. Whenever the first shipment of vaccines arrive, officials say that a vaccination clinic will be held in a school gym on a Friday, so that teachers will have the weekend to overcome any adverse side effects from the vaccine. On that day, which has not yet been scheduled, students will have the day off.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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