Paterson Public School’s nurses were among the volunteers who began providing COVID-19 vaccinations to health care workers and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel at International High School this week. The inoculations were provided in partnership with the City of Paterson’s Department of Health and Human Services, and the effort is part of Phase 1A of the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

“I am enormously proud of our school nurses who have been going above-and-beyond today as volunteers providing vaccinations to health care and EMS workers,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “I want to thank Kimler Williamson, the district’s supervisor of nursing services, Dr. Paul Persaud and Kate Bond of the Paterson’s Department of Health and Human Services for leading the vaccination effort today. This is a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s important to remember that the fight is not over yet,
which is why I continue to urge everyone to continue to wear face coverings, practicing social distancing, regular hand washing, and avoiding large gatherings and crowds.”

Ten district school nurses worked today at International High School, which has been designated at a vaccine point of distribution, or POD. The school nurses were trained early this morning on how to correctly handle and administer the vaccine. The POD opened today with 100 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Moderna biotech company. Another 1,000 doses will be made available later this week. The POD will be open Monday through Saturday.

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