Parkway Staff Updates
March 11, 2021
We are in the process of planning more convenient COVID-19 vaccination events for all Parkway staff on-site.
It’s important we know how many Parkway employees are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, you received a link to a vaccine survey. If you have not completed this, please take a moment to do so now. If you have already completed this survey, please do not complete it again. The deadline to complete the survey is Noon tomorrow, Friday, March 11. Click here to complete the survey: https://www.research.net/r/
March 10, 2021
Can students or staff be quarantined after an exposure if they have received a vaccine?
As more people begin to receive Covid vaccinations, the CDC has recently updated guidance recommendations for fully vaccinated people, including:
- How fully vaccinated people can safely visit with each other or with unvaccinated people in private settings
- How fully vaccinated people should approach isolation, quarantine, and testing
For complete information: https://www.cdc.
gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ vaccines/fully-vaccinated- guidance.html
March 9, 2021
Are staff members required to receive the vaccine?
No. No one is required to receive the vaccine in Parkway.
Will there be a vaccination clinic in Parkway?
We are working closely with health officials and other local school districts on a regional approach to making the vaccine as convenient and accessible as possible. As soon as those plans come together, we will share the details with you.
Will I receive time off to receive the vaccine?
Employees are encouraged to make appointments before or after work to receive the vaccine. If that is not possible, accrued sick leave or personal leave may be used.
If I don’t feel well after receiving the vaccine, will I be given time off?
Accrued sick leave should be used if you are not feeling well enough to come to work.
Do we have to quarantine if we come in contact with someone who has tested positive after receiving the vaccine?
The CDC has issued new guidance stating that a fully vaccinated individual that is exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case is not required to quarantine if they are within three months of receiving the last dose in their vaccination series and have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.
March 4, 2021
Missouri will move to Phase 1B - Tier 3 of the state vaccination plan on March 15. People eligible in this tier to receive a COVID-19 vaccine include all teachers and staff working in schools.
Many area vaccination sites are now accepting people in this next tier to sign up for appointments in advance. CVS and Walmart are now accepting school staff and others to schedule their appointment now. These online appointment schedulers refresh and update nightly, so please check back frequently.
Parkway nurses are keeping an updated list of vaccine providers and information here. Please note information changes often as sites and supply become available.February 25, 2021
Prior to winter break, we heard vaccines would be available for teachers and school staff in February. In January, we heard availability would be in March. More recently, the state was saying vaccinations won’t be available for school personnel until April. These delays have not been acceptable.
This week, St. Louis school districts, including Parkway, and area superintendents sent a letter to Governor Parson. Our letter strongly suggested school personnel be given a high priority for vaccinations as soon as possible.
Today, we were pleased to hear Governor Parson respond to our calls for action. The state is moving forward with 1B Tier 3 vaccination which includes school staff. This means all teachers, faculty, staff, special educators and any personnel working in education will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine starting March 15.
We look forward to providing more information and resources for Parkway staff to receive a vaccine in the coming weeks. I want to thank Dr. Robin Wallin and our health services department who have advocated on behalf of our staff for many months and offered Parkway as a potential vaccination site. It is still our goal to have a convenient place for staff to receive a vaccination on-site in Parkway if they choose. We will continue to share information and resources on vaccination with you.
February 22, 2021
You can also register to receive a vaccine with the Missouri Vaccine Registry here which is serving as a statewide vaccine appointment system.
January 22, 2021
All Parkway school nurses have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Watch this video to find out why it was important to them personally to receive the vaccine. School nurses qualify to receive the vaccine now as public health service providers. We continue to work to ensure all staff will have access to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible if they choose.
Where should I register?
While Parkway continues to work to ensure all staff has access to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, including the potential to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on-site at work, we also recommend that you register online using the links below. Registering your interest in receiving a vaccine in multiple places may allow you to receive the vaccine sooner as supply and appointments become available. Please do not make multiple appointments to receive the vaccine.
Who is eligible now?
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 are eligible to receive the vaccine now. Registration resources
St. Louis City: Residents can sign up here to receive vaccination notifications.
St. Louis County: Residents can pre-register here.
St. Charles County: Residents can pre-register here.
Jefferson County: Residents can pre-register here.
Warren County: Residents can pre-register here through Mercy.
Lincoln County: Residents can pre-register here.
Franklin County: Residents can pre-register here through Mercy.
St. Francois County: Residents can pre-register here.
Illinois residents can get more information here.
In addition to these resources, many hospital systems are also currently making appointments for their patients who qualify for vaccination. Reach out to your healthcare provider or use the links below for more information:
Mercy BJC Healthcare SSM Health St. Luke’s
If you have any questions, you can also reach out to your school nurse or the Parkway Health Services department.
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.