SUGAR LAND, Texas — Teachers are encouraged to roll up their sleeves over Spring Break.
“I’ve lost, personally, several members of my family,” said Fort Bend American Federal of Teachers president Glenda Macal.
She helped announce a special effort to vaccinate 10,000 educators and child care workers at Sugar Land’s Smart Financial Centre.
“I, at first, was hesitant of the vaccine," said Macal. "But through education I’ve been made aware of how safe and effective it is.”
Fort Bend ISD is partnering with Memorial Hermann for the drive-through vaccination clinic set to take place by appointment only this coming Sunday and Monday.
"Our district is dedicated to assisting its team members who want to be vaccinated while fully supporting the decision of those who have chosen not to receive the vaccine,” said Fort Bend ISD Board President Addie Heyliger.
It was just last week when the state of Texas finally added teachers to the list of those qualifying for the vaccine.
It's something many other states had already done.
"Everyday we step in the building, we know we are risking our health,” said Sheldon ISD teacher Nicky Irvin.
She got the vaccine earlier because of a pre-existing medical condition and told us the more teachers who are protected the better the chance of ending the year with fewer and fewer cases.
"We are in the building with students and, unfortunately, we can’t control the virus,” said Irvin.
Controlling the number of opportunities for people to receive vaccines is a different story.
"This is the way that you can overcome this and we can get back to normal,” said Macal.
FBISD also plans to deploy mobile vaccine units to school campuses after Spring Break.