Hundreds of CPS' Workers Roll Up Sleeves to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

January 29, 2021

By Todd Dykes, WLWT

Eager to get a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, Lanier Hardy said the only hard decision he had to make Thursday was deciding which arm he wanted to get poked by a needle.

"I'm getting it in this arm right here, definitely," Hardy said, laughing. "I might get it in this one, too!"

Laughter aside, Hardy, who works as a building engineer at John P. Parker Elementary School in the Cincinnati Public School District, knows launching a vaccination program for CPS workers is a big step forward when it comes to making staff members feel safe about heading back to the classroom.

"I'm happy to be in this first group," he said. "I do have to keep the building going, so I'm just over excited about this."

Educators in other districts have asked why CPS is the first local district to get doses of the vaccine. During a Thursday afternoon news conference, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine pointed to a recent phone call.

"Look we gotta start somewhere," DeWine said. "I got a call, frankly, from the superintendent in Cincinnati who said, 'I gotta get my kids back in.'"

Mt. Airy School Principal Angel Roddy doesn't know why district workers were able to get vaccinated starting Thursday. She just knows she wasn't about to say no.

"We have no control. You know what, if somebody's going to offer it to me, I'm going to take it," Roddy said. "It's like, it's best for our kids. So I can't say no. If I said no, it wouldn't help them."

By 8 p.m. Thursday, 400 CPS staff members, most of whom work with the district's youngest students, received the first dose of Pfizer's two-dose vaccine.

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