WATCH LIVE: Gov. Kemp giving update on 1st day of teacher vaccinations

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is giving an update on the first official day of teacher vaccinations at a Gwinnett County mass vaccination site.

>>Watch a live stream below.

It’s a big day for teachers and school staff Monday. They will start receiving their COVID-19 vaccine shots if they signed up.

It’s also the day shipments of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrive in Georgia. Teachers will be the first to get them.

For Gwinnett County, the district already has a plan in place to get teachers and staff vaccinated.

Gwinnett is the largest school district in the state, they have about 25,000 on staff. The district plans to use the old Sears at Gwinnett Place Mall as a vaccination site.

Because the district is so big, a spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News that getting everyone vaccinated won’t be a quick process.

Rachel Ash teaches at Parkview High School. She said she’s ready to get vaccinated.

“Most of the teachers I know are excited to get their shots. I think there are a few who are a little bit weary,” Ash said.

The Gwinnett Public Health Department set aside 600 appointments everyday starting Monday for teachers and staff.

The district said just over half of its 25,000 staff members expressed interest in the school organized shots.

“For the smaller school systems, like the private schools, we are looking for small set aside days to do education vaccines for those employees,” said Chad Wasdin, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton Public Health Department spokesperson.

So far between the mass vaccination site and others in the three suburban counties, 59,000 doses have been given, with 40 percent of those being second doses. With teachers now in line, Ash hopes that means a normal school day is just around the corner.

“I’m really excited that I’m going to get the first shot,” Ash said.

Gwinnett employees will get an email notification a week before their appointment with the date and time of their appointment.

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