CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The city of Corpus Christi announced yesterday that people who work in schools and children’s centers are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Bethune Early Child Development Nursery requires every full-time employee to get vaccinated, not just for COVID but for other diseases as well.
Jimmie McCurn, its executive director, said she asked Nueces County Judge Canales to allow teachers and caregivers like her to receive the vaccine about a month ago and said it was one of the ways they are trying to get the kids to bring to safety. “
We hope all day care centers will continue as we have done so far … and view this as a very serious epidemic, “said McCurn.
Bundles of Care is another childcare center that also employs COVID-19 prevention strategies such as measuring students’ temperatures. Although they encourage staff to get vaccinated, they do not need to.
“We want to make sure that we guarantee the safety of our employees, and above all it is our students who we look after here in the day care center …”, said Iris Garza, head of the Bundles of Care Center.
In a statement to KRIS6 News, CCISD said they strongly encourage eligible individuals to receive the vaccine, but did not say they need it.
Bethune said they are pretty sure that students need to be vaccinated as soon as they become available to children, and staff said it is a good option.
“I encourage everyone to put their fear aside and get vaccinated as it may keep us alive a little longer,” said Sally Duran, Bethune’s office manager.
Bethune said all of their employees are currently vaccinated and new employees need to be vaccinated as soon as possible.
They also said they need new members to join the staff to be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.