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Pima County educators get vaccinated but not mandatory for TUSD

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Educators are in phase 1B of the vaccination plan. Teachers and staff have been rolling up their sleeves. But Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo said he is not making it mandatory.

"We are, however, strongly recommending and asking, each and every single one of our employees to do their part to contribute to the welfare of Pima County."

News 4 Tucson asked Dr.Trujillo how many teachers have been vaccinated, so far.

"We don't have any numbers as of yet."

The district will have a voluntary survey going out Monday. That way they will know who is, will, or will not be getting the vaccine.

Tucson Education Association President, Margaret Chaney got her first dose.

"I felt a little warm and a little woozy but I drove home and I was fine and I have been fine ever since."

Chaney said, there are several things in the district's favor.

"We have a vaccine. we have several different types of vaccines. We have people who are willing to come back. We have families that are willing to come back," said Chaney.

"I do think our teachers will feel a lot better if they have had both shots do I think that they are going to be fully supportive and worry-free about coming back on the 24th even on the 22nd, even if they had the real shots? I do not think so. I think that their concerns are still going to be there to some extent," said Dr. Trujillo.

Chaney said, Dr. Trujillo is right.

"Everyone says the schools are safe," said Chaney.

The main concern? Chaney said, the lack of control in the community.

"They come from homes who are in the community. I have said it before, and I will say it again, a school is only as safe as the community. So, in my mind, it would be best if everyone in the community were vaccinated."

Chaney said, getting vaccinated needs to be a personal choice. But feels March is too soon for in-person learning.

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