Over 400 teachers and other staff for the Logan County and Russellville Independent school districts, as well as the Russellville Christian Academy, were given the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Jan. 22, thanks to a partnership with Logan Memorial Hospital.

LMH held a special vaccine clinic at Logan County Career and Technical Center and vaccinated 410 school personnel against COVID-19.

“Thanks to Logan Memorial Hospital for their cooperation with Logan County Schools in making today’s vaccinations a success”, said Logan County schools superintendent Paul Mullins. “We are excited to see so many staff members taking advantage of this opportunity to be vaccinated. The safety of our staff and students is our highest priority, and the decision to get the coronavirus vaccine is another step in protecting our community. It is my hope that this opportunity will help us get back to normal where students are safely learning in-person, full-time. We are grateful to Logan Memorial Hospital for coordinating the effort to get all of the school staff members who signed up vaccinated in just one day.”

School staff are expected to get their second round of the vaccine next month. Full protection against the virus is not expected to take hold until at least a week after the second dose of the vaccine.

“I would like to thank Logan Memorial for partnering with our RISD family to administer this vaccine,” said Russellville superintendent Larry Begley. “To me, it feels like we have a little light at the end of the tunnel. The health and safety of our kids and staff is and will remain our priority. We are very fortunate to have Logan Memorial in our corner.”

Logan Memorial CEO David Brash said he was glad the hospital could help get local educators immunized.

“Logan Memorial Hospital knows that teachers and schools have been greatly affected by COVID-19”, Brash said. “We were eager to partner with and vaccinate our local educators. Offering this vaccine to school personnel ensures our community is one small step closer to ending this pandemic, and it is just one more way that we are Making Communities Healthier.”

Once the vaccine is more widely available, LMH will work with local and state partners to educate community members on how and where to get vaccinated. Check their website and social media platforms often for immunization plan updates.

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