Since Loudoun County Public Schools began administering the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to employees on Jan. 15, 10,500 have received their first dose as of Feb. 5, officials said Monday.
The school system’s vaccine point of distribution, or POD, at Ashburn’s Brambleton Middle School reportedly churned out 960 vaccinations per day at full capacity.
According to LCPS, the POD was made possible through collaboration with the Loudoun County Health Department and the County Office of Emergency Management, and it was constructed at BMS in three days — about one-third the expected assembly period.
“The partnership with the Health Department and the Office of Emergency Management has been amazing,” LCPS Director of Management and Coordination Brian Stocks said in a prepared statement. “We have received all the support possible to get the POD up and running, as well as maintain our daily operations.”
On-site operations required 10-15 support staff — including health-mitigation monitors — to ensure steady and efficient employee flow, with the goal that each employee go through the vaccination process in an hour or less.
Also at the POD were a total of 80 Student Health Services staff, including 42 registered LCPS nurses, who not only vaccinated employees but also gave information about the vaccines and offered comfort to anxious recipients, per LCPS.
After undergoing registration protocol and receiving the vaccine, employees were asked to wait for up to half an hour so nurses could observe them for potential adverse reactions.
Members of the school system’s Department of Digital Innovation staff — including Director of Digital Experience Justin Donovan — also reportedly worked late-night and holiday hours in order to straighten out issues with the scheduling platform used to create vaccination appointments.
LCPS is scheduled to transition to the administration of second vaccine doses Friday.