NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Four New Orleans Public School nurses received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday at Children’s Hospital.
LCMC is in the process of registering the rest of the approximately 80 public school nurses who care for NOLA-PS students to be vaccinated in the coming days.
“School nurses are often the first health expert children see in this pandemic,”said Orleans Parish School Board Ethan Ashley. “They’re the healthcare workers who’ve been rolling up their sleeves in our schools, and they are indispensable in our fight to keep our students and staff safe.”
“This first step to vaccinate our nurses is a hopeful sign that this is truly the beginning of the end of this pandemic,” NOLA-PS Superintendent Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. said. “In the meantime, we are very proud of the partnerships we’ve built to help protect our community of schools as we get through this, together.”
“School nurses routinely come into contact with children, teachers, and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are at increased risk of contracting the virus,” said Dr. Leron Finger, Chief Quality Officer at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. “As they work to keep COVID-19 at bay within our schools and mitigate community spread, the COVID-19 vaccine will provide them with the protection needed to keep them, their students, and their families safe.”
In addition, this week, NOLA-PS, with funding provided by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and a partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health, plans to launch three mobile testing units that will visit every participating school. The mobile units’ testing is designed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 through early identification of positive cases and to increase on-site testing options.
The mobile units are planned to administer tests, and they handle the reporting of results to individuals or families, as well as the state.
As part of its testing strategy, NOLA-PS is also distributing rapid antigen diagnostic tests, provided by LDH. These rapid tests will be used to test symptomatic students and staff, as well as close contacts of an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. The tests don’t require lab processing and results are ready in 15 minutes.
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