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Teacher vaccinations in Arizona offer hope for return to classrooms

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

Mesa Public Schools’ Superintendent Andi Fourlis said she nearly wept for joy after Dr. Cara Christ called her and delivered the news: 4,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were headed to Fourlis’ district, the largest in the state.

“I told her this is better than winning a lottery ticket,” she said.

This week, Mesa began hosting vaccination events with help from the Mesa Fire and Medical Department. The district will vaccinate 500 people at each event in the district’s high school gymnasiums.

Maricopa County school employees have been eligible to get the vaccine for two weeks now. Teachers have posted selfies from their cars at State Farm Stadium after getting the first dose. School districts, including Mesa and the Phoenix Union High School District, are setting up district-specific locations to get teachers through the process faster.

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Mamie M. Arndt