Sunday, January 10, 2021
Good afternoon FCPS Staff,
I’m pleased to announce that access to the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to ALL FCPS employees as a part of the 1b group of other essential workers. The vaccine will be administered for 1b and other essential workers via Inova in partnership with the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD).
I received official confirmation from our health director this morning about this positive announcement and wanted to share it with you immediately.
Virginia's Phase 1b strategy for Frontline Essential Workers requires local health departments to adhere to vaccinating the groups as prioritized in the Governor's announcement. FCHD will begin vaccinating police, fire, hazmat, corrections, and homeless shelter workers through closed vaccination clinics this week.
The next priority group are childcare, K-12 teachers and staff.
Starting as early as Saturday, January 16th, the FCHD has partnered with Inova to vaccinate an estimated 40,000 teachers and staff of public and private schools and childcare programs across the Fairfax Health District. The FCHD is finalizing the logistics with Inova and is collaborating with FCPS on an implementation plan to accomplish this within the next three weeks, as vaccine supplies permit.
We will be working closely with FCHD and Inova to provide all FCPS staff wishing to receive the vaccine with the opportunity to access it through this comprehensive vaccination effort.
I encourage all staff to familiarize yourselves with information about the vaccine by viewing COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the Fairfax County Health Department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here. These sites contain the most current health information and can answer many of your questions or concerns.
FCPS will work with Human Resources and our health team to provide additional information, including registration details, for you this week and we will share those as soon as possible.
Please wait for specific registration information for FCPS personnel. Currently, there are registration links on the Inova website, however those are reserved for 1a workers (health care professionals).
More specific information regarding 1b workers is available on the governor’s website here.
The availability of this vaccine for our staff, coupled with implementation of the five key mitigation strategies, strengthens our ability to gradually return to in-person instruction. Hope and help are now truly on the way.
Scott Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools