School nurses to help vaccinate community

School nurses to help vaccinate community against COVID-19
Posted on 01/11/2021

Morganton, NC – Monday, Jan. 11, 2021


Burke County Public Schools nurses continue to work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March they have been instrumental in educating schools on how to prevent COVID-19 and how to recognize symptoms; in communicating with parents and staff when cases impact schools; and in working with the health department to contact trace and track data. Now that the pandemic is in the vaccination phase, Burke County Public Schools nurses will help the Burke County Health Department give out vaccines.


Burke County Public Schools Head Nurse Miranda Michaels said, “Our nurses will be going out into our community to help whenever and wherever we are needed to assist in administering vaccines to the community. We are available and willing to help with vaccination distribution.”


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “I cannot say enough about Mrs. Michaels and our entire nursing staff and their leadership in seeing us through this pandemic. They have put in countless hours, including on nights and weekends, to serve students, parents and staff. As if runny noses, bee stings and med administration isn’t enough in a regular school year, our nurses have gone above and beyond during this anything-but-normal academic year. They have been on standby to take their nursing expertise into the community as needed during this pandemic and are now answering the call to administer COVID-19 vaccines.”


Michaels said the nurses have been trained to give the vaccines and will start this week. “We have a great relationship with the health officials in our community and are proud to continue that relationship through this next phase.”




Putnam said the school system is here to help in other ways as well. He said, “We are here to provide assistance in any capacity needed. We have offered not only our nurses, but also other staff to help with logistics, as well as resources and even building space to conduct vaccination clinics. We continue to be in this together and take action to help mitigate the effects of this pandemic to get us closer to our new normal, which means ultimately getting our staff and students back into a full-time, healthy learning environment.”


Regarding the status of the vaccine, the health department released information last week that Burke County is currently in Phase 1A of the vaccine rollout. In a week or two, those in the community who are 75 or older will be eligible for the vaccine as part of Phase 1B-Group 1. Teachers are part of the second phase of the state’s vaccine rollout plan, and Putnam and Michaels said Burke County Public Schools is working with the Burke County Health Department on a plan to vaccinate school staff as vaccines become available. 


Tonya Kiser
Mountain View Elementary School nurse Tonya Kiser receives her shot from North Liberty and Liberty Middle School nurse Amanda Waters on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.
Joyce Imboden Forest Hill Elementary School and Salem Elementary School nurse Joyce Imboden receives her COVID-19 vaccine at the Burke County Health Department on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. 

 Amanda Waters
North Liberty and Liberty Middle School nurse Amanda Waters receives her shot from school nurse Joyce Imboden on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.
Anna Crawley
Table Rock Middle School nurse Anna Crawley receives her COVID-19 vaccine at the Burke County Health Department on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

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