A survey of Vernon School District staff found that 92% of respondents said they had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The survey drew responses from 813 of 1,100 staff members, or 74 percent. Of those who participated, 56 percent were teachers.
Just 0.62 percent of respondents had only one dose and 3.44 percent had no dose. Seven percent said they were exempt from the vaccine and just under 4 percent preferred not to respond.
There are currently 14 schools in the Vernon / Lumby area on Interior Health’s list of potential COVID-19 exposure, 10 of which belong to the Vernon School District.
Earlier this month, two independent schools – Vernon Christian School and Salmon Arm’s King’s Christian School – were closed for two weeks due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
The province has left it up to individual school boards to decide whether to make vaccinations mandatory for school staff.
There is no board decision yet in the district of Vernon.
âThe Ministry of Education, BCPSEA (Association of Public School Employers of British Columbia) and their partners (including CUPE, BCTF, BCCPAC, etc.) are convening an ad hoc advisory committee to develop a framework, guidelines and common templates to support advice in the potential implementation of vaccine mandates, âsaid Superintendent Christine Perkins.
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