Humboldt county teachers get their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine

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EUREKA, Calif. (KIEM)- As more and more people are getting vaccinated, teachers and school staff in Humboldt County are getting the much anticipated vaccine.

Spaced six feet apart and masked, teachers and school staff lined up in the cold outside the doors of the St. Joseph hospital vaccine clinic.

One by one, they entered through the doors to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“It’s been a lot of planning to get to this point,” said Dr. Ian Hoffman. “We are just so excited to start seeing the teachers working their way through the vaccine line.”

St. Joseph and Humboldt County Public Health partnered up to help vaccine about 400 teachers and school staff today.

Steven Hoffman, a chemistry teacher at Arcata High School, said that he was very excited to get the chance to get vaccinated and is confident in the science behind it.

“It’s a good start getting the teachers vaccinated, but getting more of the community vaccinated and getting this more wide spread across Northern California and the United States I think is super critical,” said Steven Hoffman.       

Humboldt County Public Health and St. Joseph hope that with teachers starting to get vaccinated, things can slowly get back to normal for students, teachers and the community as a whole.

“I think what it comes down to personal security and individual choice,” said Dr. Ian Hoffman. “I think a lot of schools have decided to remain closed even though they could be open, but we’re hopeful that this vaccine effort will give some security to those folks and allow them to open up as soon as they feel comfortable.”