GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Georgetown County School District officials say there are 20 school nurses who are all encouraged to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The school district’s Lead Nurse Ashley McCall says the nurses are receiving them this week.
“We are the first person a student will see in the case of a COVID situation,” McCall said.
Nurses have appointments at three surrounding hospitals including one that’s about an hour away.
Those medical facilities include Tidelands Hospital in Georgetown County, the MUSC Health branch in Mount Pleasant and McCleod Regional Medical Center in Florence.
McCall says the school nurses who work in hospital settings have already received the vaccine.
She says the nurses who are in contact with the students the most will receive the vaccine first among those remaining.
“It is extremely important because most of the time in our school buildings our nurses are our first responders,” McCall said. “We are the ones seeing the students who are symptomatic. We are the ones seeing the students whose family member has tested positive.”
McCall says if a student is displaying COVID-19 symptoms nurses will arrange for them to go home and they recommend them to get tested.
“I love children, and I love helping people.” McCall said. “I believe that nursing is a gift, it’s a calling and all nurses are called to that position and I just happen to be called to school nursing.”