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.

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