Arab City Schools Lead Nurse receives Moderna vaccine

School nurse gets COVID-19 vaccine in Arab

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Dozens of healthcare workers received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at the Marshall County Health Department on Thursday.

Nurses WAFF 48 talked to said they’re hopeful and excited the vaccine is finally here.

Lead Nurse Venita Shirley has worked at Arab City Schools for 17 years. She was among several healthcare workers to get the Moderna vaccine at the Marshall County Health Department.

“The nurses have been counting down the days of when we would be able to get the immunization because we are so tired of having to be really careful around everybody,” said Shirley.

Shirley said not knowing whether she has been exposed to someone with the virus is concerning for her.

That’s why she said it was also important for her to get the vaccine and help protect her family and students.

“That is like the invisible man to me and I don’t like that. I want to be able to know. I don’t want to bring it home to my husband, grandchildren, children or anyone else that has any problems,” said Shirley.

Right now, students at Arab City Schools are on a hybrid schedule.

Shirley said that comes with a challenge to ensure that students stay 6 feet apart. Most importantly, she said she is hopeful that the community will get the vaccine when it comes available and do their part to reduce the spread.

Shirley said as of right now, six of out nine nurses at Arab City Schools have received the vaccine.

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