Teacher vaccinations

Volunteer Dorothy Engom gives Paraeducator Arlene Volkman her dose of the vaccine Wednesday at Island Hospital. 

A team of nurses and volunteers moved through patients Wednesday morning, signing in each person and administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine within a few minutes.

After his or her shot, each visitor would then sit for 15 minutes to make they experienced no negative reactions to the shot.

Polly Myers, who is a substitute with the district, said she was "excited and grateful" to receive the vaccine.

Wednesday was the first day that school district staff could come in for their vaccines, after a statewide directive earlier this month moved them up in priority.

The hospital is administering about 200 vaccines a day, Spokeswoman Laura Moroney said. Its total number of vaccinations will soon reach 5,000, she said.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose.

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