BASD superintendent discusses Johnson & Johnson vaccines for school employees

Written by on March 10, 2021

BASD superintendent discusses Johnson & Johnson vaccines for school employees

By Brittany Sweeney

March 10, 2021

Dr. Joseph Roy, Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent.

Pennsylvania school employees will begin getting vaccinated this week. The first shipment of Johnson & Johnson single-dose shots will go to those who work with younger and disabled students.

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Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Joseph Roy says the decision to offer vaccines to school workers is another step in getting all students back to in-person learning. The district submitted a list of nearly 700 employees who will be first in line for the Johnson & Johnson shot.  

“Now we’re waiting for the state and the contractor they’re using to email the 686 people from Bethlehem that we identified, and then they will receive a link to go schedule their appointment,“ Roy says. 

Hundreds more already have received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

So we’re probably up to the 1,400 to 1,500 mark out of 1,900 employees who, you know, within the next week, I think will be vaccinated,” Roy says. 

Eligible employees will begin getting the shots March 12 and continue into the next week, he says, in an effort to get many students back into the classroom four days a week in April.

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