Some members of the public would like to know how many teachers have been vaccinated against Covid-19, but that’s information that can’t be released because it’s private health records, New Paltz Superintendent Angela Urbina-Medina reported at the February 17 school board meeting. The superintendent works with county health officials to secure appointments for teachers, but, “We don’t ask for evidence that they did it.”
Unfortunately, the process is “clumsy,” according to Urbina-Medina; for example, people who have secured the shot are not automatically removed from the eligibility list and must let the superintendent know to remove that name. Teachers who had appointments scheduled for the day of the meeting were disappointed; the shipment was delayed due to the weather and rescheduling had to occur. District officials had previously arranged to get teachers inoculated at the Institute for Family Health, but the superintendent said that there had been no new doses received there in eight weeks.
“The system leaves a lot to be desired,” Urbina-Medina lamented.