ICYMI: Press Conference to Announce Mass Vaccination for HPS Staff

ICYMI: Press Conference to Announce Mass Vaccination for HPS Staff

On Thursday, March 4, HPS Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez joined Saint Francis Hospital President Thomas Burke, Trinity Health of New England CEO Dr. Reginald Eadie, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Governor Ned Lamont to announce a partnership to provide local educators and staff members with COVID-19 vaccines.

To kick-off the first wave of vaccinations, 1,500 HPS educators and staff received their first vaccine dose at Saint Francis Hospital during a special, two-day clinic on Thursday, March 4, and Friday, March 5. The amount of vaccine doses available to school districts has been determined by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. HPS established cohorts among staff to ensure equitable distribution. Through their designations, teachers and staff in PreK-5 schools and PreK-8 schools received their vaccinations.

“We are excited to join with our partners at Saint Francis Hospital to provide our first COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics for Hartford Public Schools staff members,” said Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez. “I am incredibly grateful for the partnership and support of all our teachers and staff through this challenging year. I would also like to thank our local and state partners, the City of Hartford and the Department of Health and Human Services, the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut State Department of Education, for their ongoing support. We can now be hopeful that through the vaccines, we can finally beat the pandemic. These mass vaccination clinics, along with our robust health and safety protocols, are a key step in returning our staff and students back to the environment where our students learn best, the classroom.”

Read the full press release announcement.

IN THE MEDIA

Educators, Staff in Hartford Begin Getting COVID-19 Vaccines – NBC CT

Hartford, Trinity Health of New England partner to make mass COVID vaccination clinic for teachers – WTNH News 8

Trinity Health, Hartford Schools team up for teacher vaccination effort – Fox 61

Watch video below to hear Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez' Address at Press Conference