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Chico Unified receives COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday

Over 700 teachers and school staff have signed up to get the vaccine.

Posted: Jan 12, 2021 8:46 PM
Updated: Jan 13, 2021 8:21 AM

CHICO, Calif. - One teacher shared why getting the vaccine is important to her. 

Stephanie Cunniff teaches first through fifth grade at Neal Dow Elementary. She has been a teacher for Chico Unified for 9 years.

She said it is important to get the COVID-19 shot.

"I will do whatever I can to do my part to get our students back in school and to get them here all day every day," said Cunniff. 

Like many, Cunniff is ready to return to a sense of normalcy.

"Getting the vaccination is one piece in that puzzle that is going to move us towards that," said Cunniff.

Superintendent Kelly Staley for Chico Unified said teachers and school staff working at schools like Neal Dow Elementary will start receiving their first doses of the vaccine tomorrow.

"I am seeing kids all the way from fifth grade through fourth grade every single day so I don't necessarily stay with the same cohort," said Cunniff. "I don't see the same kids. I see all different types of kids and so getting the vaccine will be a lot better because I am exposed to a lot more kids rather than the same 26 kids all the time."

Cunniff said she will receive her first dose of the vaccine tomorrow afternoon.

"I am kind of anticipating that it will be similar to the flu shot and other than just soreness at the injection site, I am not too worried about it," said Cunniff. 

Staley said the 700 spots to receive the COVID-19 vaccine filled up within the first 45 minutes.

Click HERE to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine in your area.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3055568

Reported Deaths: 34441
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103280614122
San Bernardino2561091560
Riverside2504362645
San Diego2168352109
Orange2148082477
Santa Clara943661109
Kern86718565
Fresno82485968
Sacramento806781111
Alameda67952765
Ventura62101436
San Joaquin58290786
Contra Costa52965450
Stanislaus42882758
Tulare41867506
Monterey36126255
San Mateo32596309
San Francisco29321262
Solano25806106
Imperial25317465
Santa Barbara25083236
Merced24452308
Sonoma24068240
Kings19435145
Placer17380180
San Luis Obispo15929136
Madera13443151
Santa Cruz12298113
Marin11693157
Yolo10620131
Shasta9776122
Butte9474123
El Dorado782644
Sutter775478
Napa760140
Lassen519516
San Benito496343
Yuba495127
Tehama397142
Tuolumne338240
Nevada320673
Mendocino311432
Amador301631
Lake261230
Humboldt239324
Glenn193519
Colusa17339
Calaveras161723
Siskiyou144613
Mono11214
Inyo97429
Del Norte8662
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Sierra820
Alpine730
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Chico
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As expected, we had much quieter weather around northern California on Wednesday with plenty of sunshine, much weaker wind, and a wide range of temperatures. Thursday will be similar, but much more active weather is coming.
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