School Districts Receive Small Allotments of COVID-19 Vaccine, Who Gets Them First?
This week school districts learned how many doses of COVID-19 vaccine they would be receiving as part of the first round of vaccinations to be distributed to schools.
The numbers are quite low given the limited amount of vaccine available. The Department of Health also released criteria on which staff members should be prioritized.
The Osseo School District received 47 doses of vaccine in the first allotment. To give context to that number, they have 3,500 staff members so the first round of vaccines could only reach 1 percent of staff. The district says it will follow state guidance as to whom receives the doses. School nurses will have access to the vaccine through a separate process managed by the state.
Robbinsdale Area Schools received 30 doses of vaccine. A spokesperson for the district says they will continue to advocate for additional vaccine allotments for staff.
Wayzata Schools received 27 doses in round one.
The largest school district in the state, the Anoka-Hennepin School District, received 80 doses in the first round. A spokesperson for their district said they were notified and offered another 150 slots for this weekend on an emergency basis. The district says by the end of January, they hope to have as many as 500 Anoka-Hennepin staff who work directly with students could be completed with the first round of the vaccine.
To see how many doses other districts received in the first allotment, click here: 01.18.21 – School District and Charter School COVID-19 Vaccine Allocations