Middletown City Schools teachers and staff are scheduled to receive their second vaccination Friday. Phillips said Friday was chosen so they would have the weekend to recover if anyone had a reaction.
She said about 500 people in the district received the first dose of vaccine on Jan. 27. Middletown teachers and staff were the first in the state to be vaccinated.
She said 50 more teachers and staff have registered for the second dose. Phillips said after Friday, 60 o 65 percent of the district employees will be vaccinated.
The district announced Monday that when 6,300 students return from spring break on March 22, about 4,900, or 78 percent, of them will resume the first, normal school class schedule since the onset of the coronavirus in March 2020.
About 1,400 students in the city schools, however, will remain remote learners.
Those students’ parents enrolled them in a binding agreement keeping them in the district’s all-virtual learning program through the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
Phillips said the Middletown Health Department has administered about 3,000 vaccinations. If the city “keeps moving forward at this pace,” residents will be in “really good shape” in the coming months when the warm weather returns and people spend more time outdoors.
But that doesn’t mean the threat of spreading the coronavirus will end. Even those who receive the vaccine must continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing, Phillips said. After two doses of vaccine people are 95 percent immune to COVID-19.
Phillips has noticed that people who have received the vaccine are “a little more confident” they won’t be hospitalized, the major fear surrounding the coronavirus.
Butler County vaccines through Tuesday
- 43,277: People who received at least one vaccine dose
- 19,491: People who received both vaccine doses
Source: Ohio Department of Health