MANSFIELD – The State of Ohio has designated Ohio’s 52 educational service centers (ESCs) as the primary working partners to assist in the coordination of the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine for districts and schools.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is hosting an event for 24 partner districts and schools from Richland County that identified Discount Drug Mart as their community partner. This event will be held at Mid-Ohio ESC on Feb. 19 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Depending on which vaccine is received, the second administration will be either 21 or 28 days after the first vaccination shot.
Mid-Ohio ESC has been working with over 40 districts/schools and eight community partners to coordinate the vaccine rollout throughout Richland, Crawford and Morrow Counties.
The vaccination rollout is a four-week process throughout the month of February with Morrow County educators receiving vaccinations in week 2, Richland County in week 3, and Crawford County in week 4. To ensure proper plans and communication with their 40 partner districts and schools across the three county area, Mid-Ohio ESC has been working on the following:
● Contacting the schools to communicate what public and retail partners are available in each school or district’s respective areas.
● Collecting and communicating providers/plans to the state.
● Notating if a district or school plans to utilize a partner other than the list of partners provided to the ESC.
Include that provider and provider’s information in the data collection process. Districts will want to ensure the provider is or can be approved by the state and have confidence in their ability to deliver the vaccine.
● Collecting and entering data for each school or district (ESCs must fill out a separate form for each individual school district).
● Submitting all pertinent data and information to the state for collection and aggregation.
At this time, over 2000 educators across Richland, Crawford and Morrow Counties are scheduled to receive the vaccine. Kevin D. Kimmel, Superintendent of Mid-Ohio ESC, said this is a welcome step forward.
“Educators all around our area and frankly, across the country, have had to adapt to a new way of teaching because of COVID," Kimmel said. "We know the best teaching is done in person, and getting the vaccine to school staff is a huge leap forward to bringing that back full-time, without restrictions.
"I applaud the tireless efforts of the Mid-Ohio staff as well as Richland County Public Health, Shelby City Health Department, Crawford County Health Department, Galion City Health Department, and Morrow County Health District in coordinating this effort.”
Educators who want vaccinated need to contact their school or district to sign up.
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center provides specialized academic and support services to 10 school districts and over 17,000 students in Crawford, Morrow and Richland Counties. Client Districts receive services from curriculum, gifted and special education consultants, speech pathologists, psychologists, special education teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.