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Anderson County Schools implements half-day to allow teachers, staff to receive COVID-19 booster shot

The vaccination is only for employees who wish to receive it.

ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The Anderson County School Board voted to implement a half-day to allow for teachers and staff to receive their COVID-19 booster shot. On Nov. 19, teachers had the time to get the shot.

The board voted for the half-day last Friday and the vaccination is only for employees who wish to receive it.

400 staff members have signed up for the clinic, according to Anderson County communications & public relations coordinator Ryan Sutton. 

"We offered a vaccine clinic in March and wanted to follow up and give them the option to get the shot if they wanted," said Kathryn Price, the director of nursing at ACS. "We all got our vaccines together."

The boosters were administered at the Clinch River Community School on Anderson County High School's campus. Faculty could receive their shots beginning at 12:30 p.m. Friday. 

According to the Tennessee Department of Education, Anderson County Schools reported 20 new COVID-19 cases among students in the past week. There have been 5 or fewer new cases among staff.