• COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Employees

    February 24, 2021

    JP Schools Family,

    Based on the Governor’s February 18 update, PK-12 school personnel are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, February 22. This is great news for our district since the vaccine is a major step in the mitigation of this pandemic and will help keep ourselves and one another safe.

    Since January, we’ve been working with our government and healthcare officials to secure vaccines specifically for Jefferson Parish Schools employees. The coordination of an initiative this large is complex as it involves federal, state and local governments. Due to limited vaccine supplies locally and nationally, we are not scheduled to receive a bulk allocation of vaccine doses that would allow us to schedule designated district-wide vaccine day(s).

    Gathering information is critical to expediting vaccinations.

    On January 14, we sent the JP Schools COVID Vaccine Questionnaire to all employees. To date, 4,403 employees have completed it, and of those, 76% indicated they’d like to receive the vaccine. Gathering this information in advance enabled us to move quickly as soon as we received our first allocation of vaccines. Within three days of the Governor’s announcement on February 18, we were able to begin scheduling some of our employees to receive their first dose. It is critical that we maintain accurate data of who still would like to receive the vaccine so that we can again act quickly if we receive another allotment of vaccines.

    Employees encouraged to seek every opportunity to receive the vaccine.

    In January, we received an allotment of 300 vaccinations for eligible employees, and we were thrilled to receive another 500 vaccine doses the week of February 22 from Children’s Hospital New Orleans. However, this amount is not enough to vaccinate everyone in JP Schools that has indicated they want to receive the vaccine. We hope to continue receiving batch allocations until all employees have the opportunity to be vaccinated. While the number of vaccine doses available is beyond our control, we will do everything we can to advocate for our employees to receive the vaccine as quickly as possible. 

    Based on our allotment of vaccines and those who have scheduled their own vaccinations through the Jefferson Parish event and by other means, we anticipate more than 1,000 of our employees will have received their first round of vaccinations by the end of February. 

    In response to questions we’ve received via emails, faculty meetings and direct conversations, we have created a list of frequently asked questions that will be updated on a rolling basis. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we work together to get as many of our employees vaccinated as quickly as possible.

    Jefferson Parish Schools


     

  • Frequently Asked Questions - UPDATED 3/16/21

    Are all Jefferson Parish Schools employees eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccines?
    Yes. The Governor’s order extends eligibility to all Jefferson Parish Schools employees.

    Even though I said “Yes” on the JP Schools Vaccine Questionnaire, should I still seek out the vaccine on my own?
    Yes. Until you receive a call or email from one of our healthcare partners or from someone on our staff to schedule an appointment, we encourage you to seek every possible opportunity to receive the vaccine on your own.

    Below are some resources that provide information about opportunities to schedule the vaccine on your own. Please note these opportunities are updated on a rolling basis and may fill up quickly as vaccine supplies are limited:

    Why is it important for me to fill out the JP Schools Vaccine Questionnaire?
    We need the most accurate count of employees who wish to receive the vaccine as a Jefferson Parish Schools employee. If we are successful in securing additional vaccines for employees, we may have less than a week’s notice to schedule these appointments. As a result, our employees can be called upon to receive the vaccine without significant advanced notice and must be prepared.

    Do I still need to fill out or change my response in the JP Schools Vaccine Questionnaire if I received the vaccine already?
    Yes. This will help us prioritize employees who still haven’t received the vaccine and want it. You can fill out or change your response here.

    Can I change my response from “Unsure” or “Opt Out” to “Yes” on the JP Schools Vaccine Questionnaire?
    Yes. You can change your response here by clicking Edit your response. If an employee has changed his/her initial response, we encourage him/her to change it as soon as possible.

    Will I be excused from work to receive the vaccine?
    We encourage employees to schedule appointments outside of school hours as much as possible. If an after hours or weekend appointment is unavailable, employees should work with their supervisor on coverage.

    What if I don’t want to receive the vaccine at this time?
    If your final response on the JP Schools Vaccine Questionnaire is “Unsure” or “Opt Out”, you would still be eligible to receive the vaccine as a K-12 school employee. However, the district would not assist you with scheduling the vaccine.

    If I receive the vaccine, will I still have to follow our Start Strong Jefferson protocols?
    Yes. Whether or not you receive the vaccine, we will continue to follow our Start Strong Jefferson protocols - such as mask wearing, frequent handwashing, and social distancing - to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep one another safe.

    What is the quarantine protocol for vaccinated individuals?
    Fully vaccinated individuals identified as a close contact with a COVID-19 positive or presumed positive case, and have no COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT quarantine. Fully vaccinated individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must follow the protocol for persons Exhibiting Symptoms of COVID-19, be isolated from others and referred for COVID-19 testing.

    A person is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 when it has been equal or greater than 2 weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series (Pfizer or Moderna) or equal or greater than 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson). The individual must be able to submit proof of vaccination in the form of a valid vaccination card or LINKS immunization record.

    I have questions about the vaccine. Where should I look?
    In order to assist you in making an informed decision, we encourage you to consult your physician and see Ochsner guidance here or Louisiana Department of Health guidance here for answers to some frequently asked questions. Although participation is optional, we strongly recommend all employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine.