Childcare workers now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Butte County

It's finally time for childcare workers in Butte County to get their first coronavirus shot. Action News Now spoke with workers at a local daycare and preschool in Chico.

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 6:12 PM
Updated: Feb 26, 2021 6:41 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A big sigh of relief for workers at Enchanted Play Infant and Preschool Center.

Earlier this week they received notification from Butte County Public Health officials letting them know that it is now their turn to get the vaccine and just a few days later almost all of the workers have received their first shot.

"Very, very excited,” said childcare worker, Maria Villarruel.

Villaruel is just a few days away from getting her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine."It's important because we work with a lot of children,” said Villaruel.

“When the vaccine started coming out, we were checking every day to see when it was our turn,” said owner of Enchanted Play and Infant Preschool Center, Denise Alioto.

Alioto and her staff learned just a few days ago they were eligible for the vaccine. Since then, 8 out of the 10 employees got the shot.

“We provide a lot of care for the essential workers in town and if we can't work, they can't work and we always want to be there for them,” said Alioto.

Alioto said she is glad she and her staff are doing their part to help stop the spread of the virus.

“We've been so fortunate that everyone has worked together as a team to make things a healthy environment,” said Alioto.

“It’s a good thing for everyone to be safe and get rid of this pandemic we have to do our little share,” said Villaruel.

Alioto said since the vaccine came out, her business has seen an increase in calls and people feeling more comfortable putting their children back in daycare.

Workers at Enchanted Play are expected to be fully vaccinated by next month.

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