Parkway Staff Updates
January 19, 2021
Last week, Governor Mike Parson announced new details about Phase 1B of Missouri's COVID-19 vaccination plan. Phase 1B now includes tiers for prioritization, and the vaccine is now available for anyone who qualifies for Tier 1 or 2. Read complete details about the Phase 1B Tiers here. These groups are outlined below:
Tier 1: First responders, emergency services and public health;
Tier 2: People who are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including individuals over age 65 as well as any adult who suffers from certain underlying conditions;
Tier 3: Critical infrastructure workforce members, including teachers and school staff members.
The Tier 3 group includes anyone who works for a public or a private school. The state is not differentiating between teachers and other support staff positions. This also includes individuals who provide contract services to schools, such as substitute teachers and contracted bus drivers, therapists, food service workers, custodians, etc.
It is important to note that any Parkway employee who qualifies for Tier 2 may receive the vaccine now. Your membership in the Tier 2 prioritization supersedes Tier 3 and people in Tier 2 can receive the vaccine now.
See below for information on how Missouri residents can sign up to receive the vaccine.
In addition to these resources, many hospital systems are also currently making appointments for their patients who qualify for vaccination in Tier 1 and 2. Reach out to your healthcare provider for more information:
BJC Healthcare SSM Health Mercy St. Luke’s.
We will continue to explore all avenues to ensure our employees have access to a vaccine as soon as possible.
As more information becomes available, we will share updates. Thank you again for your commitment to helping us maintain healthy learning environments. If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Health Services Department or your school nurse.
January 13, 2021
Dr. Robin Wallin, Director of Health Services, recorded a video update with helpful health and safety updates. Watch this video for information about how we will keep students and staff safe at school and work, effective health mitigation strategies as we return to in-person learning and more updates on the COVID-19 vaccine for staff.
January 12, 2021
We will continue to work to ensure the vaccine is available for all staff who want to be vaccinated. We have developed a plan to make the vaccine accessible to all Parkway staff on-site at school or work. If our plans are approved, we will be ready as soon as the vaccine becomes available.
In the past several weeks, local hospitals and our health department have begun vaccinating people in Phase 1A which includes front-line healthcare workers and school nurses. The remainder of school staff is still classified as Phase 1B and will be vaccinated next.
There has been some misinformation in the news from the local COVID-19 Task Force about teachers being in Phase 1A. This is untrue and has since been corrected. Please see this news article.
When the local health department and state authorize Phase 1B to begin, teachers, operations and support staff working in educational settings will have the opportunity to receive a vaccine. This includes every person working in education for a school or district. For Parkway, that means all employees - teachers, special educators, bus drivers, teaching assistants, operations, virtual teachers, etc - will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in Phase 1B.
In the meantime, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health is inviting individuals who want a vaccine to register using this form available here. Please feel free to go ahead and register your individual interest in a vaccine using this link. We have also registered as an organization on behalf of all Parkway employees as we pursue all avenues to ensure our employees have access to a vaccine as soon as possible.
As more information becomes available, we will share updates. Thank you so much for your commitment to helping us maintain healthy learning environments. If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Health Services Department or your school nurse.
December 16, 2020
We are encouraged to know a COVID-19 vaccine is available and coming soon for the general population in our state and country. Parkway has a plan to make sure our employees have an opportunity to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. As you may know, teachers and schools have been identified as a priority group to receive the vaccine across the country. As plans continue to be implemented across the state, we will have more details.
We interviewed Dr. Robin Wallin, Parkway Director of Health Services, to answer some of the questions you might have about the COVID-19 vaccine and our plan to make it available to Parkway employees. Click here to watch this video and learn more.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the State of Missouri
Get the Facts: COVID-19 Vaccine Facts from the MO Department of Health and Senior Services
Vaccine Availability: Phases of Rollout - Teachers and Support/Operations Staff working in Education are in Phase 1B. Missouri is currently vaccinating in Phase 1A.