Haywood County teachers and staff are starting to get their COVID-19 vaccines this week.
Many got theirs in a drive-thru clinic at the Smoky Mountain Event Center on Wednesday. Others made individual arrangements to get their shots at pharmacies, according to the health officials.
School leaders said they've addressed five schools so far with 10 more to go.
They said the goal is to complete first doses by spring break, which is the week of April 5 and finish second doses after that. They said it will take some time.
“In speaking with public health, they are receiving approximately 300 doses a week, and we have over 1,000 employees. So, you can see that those numbers don't really add up,” Associate Superintendent Trevor Putnam said.
He said the district is getting the Moderna vaccine, and many teachers are anxious to get their shots.