Update on Vaccinations for WDMCS Employees (02/03/21)
UPDATE (Feb. 9, 2021): UnityPoint confirmed they will not have vaccines available for a Feb. 12 clinic at Valley High School’s Staplin Performing Arts Center. This means employees who already submitted UnityPoint paperwork and a copy of their insurance card for the Feb. 12 clinic will be placed into a queue and will be emailed a scheduling link for the Feb. 26 clinic at Valley.
Because UnityPoint will schedule appointments in the order they are receiving paperwork, not all employees will be vaccinated on Feb. 26. If you are one who receives a slot, you will receive a different email from UnityPoint with the specific TIME for your vaccination prior to Friday, Feb. 26.
We are also working with other health organizations to establish separate vaccination opportunities for our employees and will share more information as it becomes available. the meantime, if you have access to scheduling a vaccination with your primary care provider or through another organization, please proceed with those plans. In addition, the Polk County Health Department has provided vaccine scheduling resources.
Thank you for your continued patience and grace as we continue to find WDMCS-specific opportunities for vaccinations.
ORIGINAL POST (Feb. 3)
As we shared last week, the Polk County Health Department stated that vaccine appointments would open to individuals in phase 1B starting Feb. 1, 2021. You may have even seen media coverage of some school districts rolling out a plan for on-site vaccinations.
We have been working diligently since the first of the year to partner with several local health organizations, nurses, and other community organizations that can help facilitate vaccinations on-site (and/or at nearby locations) for our employees. Why the delay? We are limited by each organization’s scheduling process to reserve dates specifically for our employees. We are doing everything we can to ensure vaccinations are available to you as soon as possible. We care deeply about your wellbeing and know this is an important step in protection against COVID-19.
We are currently working closely with UnityPoint to coordinate dates at Valley High School’s Performing Arts Center.
- Friday, Feb. 12*: beginning at 8 a.m. at Valley High School’s Performing Arts Center
- Friday, Feb. 26*: all day at Valley High School’s Performing Arts Center
*UnityPoint will not know the number of vaccinations available until closer to each date.
Steps to Reserve a Spot for Friday, Feb. 12
- Later this week: You will receive an email with paperwork you will need to complete and return to Human Resources prior to receiving the link to sign up. The email will include specific instructions and how to submit the paperwork.
- Once paperwork is submitted and processed, you will receive a second email with a link to sign up. This email will also include instructions for parking, where to go, what documentation to bring, and how long you should plan on waiting after the vaccination.
- Thursday, Feb. 11. You will receive an email from UnityPoint with the specific TIME for your vaccination Friday, Feb. 12.
We anticipate we may receive more requests than available vaccinations for Feb. 12. Employees who do not receive a vaccination Feb. 12 and have properly submitted all paperwork will be put into a queue for receiving a link to sign up for Feb. 26. More information will be shared closer to that date.
We hope to schedule additional events, including pop-up clinics, but please know it will take several dates to accommodate the 900+ staff who wish to receive a vaccination.
In the meantime, if you have access to scheduling a vaccination with your primary care provider or through another organization, please proceed with those plans. In addition, the Polk County Health Department has provided vaccine scheduling resources.
All PK-12 educators and staff are included in phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, as developed by Iowa and local health departments. Phase 1B includes:
- 65 years and older
- First responders
- PK-12 staff, early childhood education, childcare workers
What do I bring to show proof of employment?
Bring your WDMCS employee photo badge along with other identification requested by the provider when you go for your vaccination.
What if I am a substitute teacher and do not have a badge?
Human Resources can provide documentation for you to take with you. Please complete the form linked below to request the proper documentations.
Will I receive one vaccination or will I be administered the version that requires two doses?
At this time, the Polk County Health Department has only received the vaccination that requires two separate doses.
Is there an advantage to waiting for the vaccination through WDMCS?
From what we understand, the vaccination will be the same whether you schedule one with WDMCS or another provider. However, our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to schedule a time and not compete with the thousands of other local Iowans who are attempting to reserve a time for the vaccination.
In addition, some providers are limiting who qualifies at this point based on their title. For example, some providers are not giving vaccinations unless an individual’s title is “teacher,” which excludes more than half of our employees. We will not limit who can receive the vaccination at our district vaccination events.
Thank you for your continued dedication to our students, families, and colleagues during this challenging year.