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More than 700 Youngstown City Schools teachers, staff vaccinated so far

Any employee who did not get vaccinated last week has the opportunity to get vaccinated this week. Kenyetta Burr, supervisor of nursing for Youngstown schools, expects about 800 employees will be vaccinated by the end of this week. 
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Shown here are vials of the Moderna-produced coronavirus vaccine, administered during a city-run vaccination clinic for group home residents on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at the Eugenia Atkinson Recreation Center along Otis Street in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown City School District Superintendent Joseph Meranto shared an update on coronavirus vaccines for teachers and staff at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

As of Friday, more than 700 employees received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Meranto said. 

Any employee who did not get vaccinated last week has the opportunity to get vaccinated this week. Meranto said Kenyetta Burr, supervisor of nursing for Youngstown schools, expects about 800 employees will be vaccinated by the end of this week. 

The Ohio Department of Health vaccination plans to focus on Ohioans who are age 65 and older and people with severe congenital, developmental or early-onset medical disorders. The goal is also to vaccinate adults who work in schools, with a goal to have in-person school by March 1.

Last week, Youngstown schools teachers and staff received vaccinations at clinics at East and Chaney High Schools through QUICKmed YOUcare clinics. 

The district received about 1,100 doses early last week for about 1,350 employees of Youngstown City Schools. 

No date has been determined for when Youngstown students will return to in-person lessons. CEO Justin Jennings said that won’t happen until it is safe for everyone.

Jennings will host his first monthly CEO update of 2021 at 6 p.m. today (Feb. 10).