Cherokee County School District is having a digital learning day Nov. 19, to allow employees who want a COVID-19 vaccine booster to get one at through the local health department.

Over 1,800 district employees have requested an appointment to get a booster shot from the Cherokee County Health Department, CCSD reported Wednesday.

The district has about 4,800 full-time and part-time employees and another 1,000 substitute and temporary employees, CCSD spokesperson Barbara Jacoby told the Tribune. The vaccine booster event is for full-time and part-time employees.

In addition to the staff signed up to get boosters at either the Canton or the Woodstock Health Department, employees who do not directly work with students, such as central office staff, are scheduling appointments Nov. 18 at the health department.

“It’s important to note that the total number of CCSD employees who will receive the COVID-19 vaccine booster is higher than the total who will participate in the event, as we know that some already have opted to get the booster on their own and/or will do so between now and Nov. 19,” Jacoby said in an email.

On the CCSD website and on Facebook Wednesday, the district stressed that it does not administer any vaccines to students.

“CCSD is NOT holding ANY COVID-19 vaccination events for our students at our schools or elsewhere,” the post reads in part. “CCSD does NOT administer ANY vaccines to our students at our schools or elsewhere.”

The district hosts flu shot clinics at schools for employees who wish to receive one.

CCSD first made the announcement of the digital learning day earlier this month in its parent newsletter.

“There are no plans to mandate employees or students receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, and there are no plans to host COVID-19 vaccination events at our schools,” Superintendent Brian Hightower wrote in the newsletter.

The Cherokee County Health Department will pause most regular services to the public Nov. 18 and 19 during the school district staff vaccine clinics, the health department announced Friday.

Services that will operate as usual on those dates are vital records at the Woodstock facility and women, infants and children (WIC) services at the Canton location. All services will resume Nov. 22.

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