Local superintendent responds to COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expanded

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HOUSTON CO. Ala. (WDHN) — Thursday, Gov. Ivey announced COVID-19 vaccination eligibility for children ages 12 and older.

With that expansion, some people wonder if it will help schools get back to normal.

Houston County Schools Superintendent Brandy White believes this expansion can help.

“I can see that helping,” White said. “I would encourage parents to contact their healthcare providers and determine if that’s the route they want to go for their child.”

White said teachers who got the vaccine have helped keep COVID-19 case numbers in the schools down.

At this time, White said there hasn’t been any discussion about a vaccine rollout through the school for students.

“We would leave that up to the parents to contact their healthcare providers and determine whether that was what they would like to do for their child. However, we would excuse the absence if they were out due to getting the COVID vaccine,” White said.

According to White, the vaccine has been great for the school system.

“We’ve had very few cases here in Houston County,” White said. “We’re in single digits in the last month with students and single digits with employees, and like I said, no employee that’s had the vaccine has ended up testing positive for COVID.”

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