Wisconsin school districts prepare for vaccination of employees

Posted at 7:26 PM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 20:26:44-05

School districts across southeastern Wisconsin are reacting differently as teachers prepare to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, March 1.

The next group includes educators and childcare workers as well as people who work in grocery stores and public transit.

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Milwaukee Public Schools

The Milwaukee School District said in a statement Friday that all district employees are encouraged to get the vaccine when it becomes available.

Eligible staff may sign up for appointments here. You are asked to bring your photo ID with you to your appointment.

Location of vaccine distribution:

Wisconsin Center – 400 W. Wisconsin Ave.
March 1-5 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
March 8-12 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
March 6 & 7, March 13 & 14 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

North Division High School – 1011 W. Center St.
MPS employees only
Dates and times - TBD

South Division High School – 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.
MPS employees only
Dates and times - TBD

Wauwatosa School District

The Wauwatosa School District is not requiring employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine at this time, with a spokesperson writing to TMJ4 News on Friday that the decision "is at the discretion of each employee."

But the Wauwatosa School District is planning vaccine clinics on March 12 and April 16 with the help of the Wauwatosa Health Department as long as doses remain available.

"We have also provided (and will continue to provide) staff members with additional resources including web links to local pharmacies, health departments and hospital systems that are offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Staff are actively encouraged to reach out to their primary medical provider to see what vaccination options they offer," according to the spokesperson.

The Wauwatosa School District is allowing 1.5 hours of paid time for vaccination.

Waukesha County

Waukesha County Health Department said in a statement that it is providing the Wisconsin Department of Health Services with the number of doses it needs to vaccinate its local educators.

DHS will set aside a forecasted amount of vaccine just for educators and will determine which districts or schools will be prioritized for vaccination.

Waukesha County Public Health is working with public and private schools to coordinate vaccination efforts. Educators should wait to hear from their school or district to learn when vaccine appointments will be available to them, according to the health department

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More data on Wisconsin's vaccination progress here.

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