Carroll ISD hopes you find the information below helpful as you make the decision whether or not to get vacinated.
Group or Phase 1A
School Nurses were eligible for the vaccine as part of group or phase 1A. Most of our school nurses who were eligible and elected to get the vaccine have had both doses now.
Group or Phase 1B
While some educators are included in Group 1B, not all individuals will qualify to receive the vaccine at this point. We encourage you to go ahead and sign up anyway to get on the waiting list.
According to Tarrant County Public Health, people who are over 65 years of age and also others who have an underlying health condition are considered in the 1B group for vaccination eligibility. People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19, such as but not limited to:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity and severe obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m2 or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
The Texas Department of State Health Services notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers to immediately include school workers in their vaccine administration. For employees who are interested, you will need to take additional steps to make sure vaccine providers know that you are a school worker.
Tarrant County Public Health has reported that if you have already registered for a vaccine in the Tarrant County system and did not clearly specify that you are a school worker, there is not currently a way for you to update your registration - Tarrant County Public Health is working to resolve this issue. If you prefer, simply register again here.
You do not have to register with Tarrant County Public Health for your vaccine. It’s our understanding that vaccines are being offered by registering with your local CVS, Kroger, Walmart and HEB grocery stores. You may also register with Denton County Public Health. They are vaccinating 40,000 people each week at their Texas Motor Speedway site. You do not have to live or work in Denton County to qualify or register for the vaccine in Denton County. For local COVID-19 vaccine information or to join DCPH’s Vaccine Interest Portal Waitlist, visit dentoncounty.gov/COVID19vaccine.
UT Southwestern Medical Center has opened up additional appointments for educators. Click here to register with UT Southwestern.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has a website to sign up for vaccinations: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination.php
In addition to all these locations, employees may also be able to find vaccination opportunities by using VaccineFinder.org
CISD is currently working with a local healthcare provider to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination clinic specifically for Carroll ISD employees and substitutes. More information on this potential local vaccination clinic and how to sign up will be forthcoming after spring break.
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is a personal choice, but CISD highly encourages and recommends you take steps to protect yourself. Please work with your campus or department supervisor and the Personnel Services department to be sure you can make your vaccination appointment if it is scheduled during the work day.
Other Resources for Vaccine Information:
- Texas Education Agency vaccine fact sheet
- Centers for Disease Control vaccine information
- To register for the vaccination in the 1B group and to learn more about vaccine facts, click here to visit the Tarrant County Public Health Department.
Is Carroll ISD requiring employees to get vaccinated?
No. There is no requirement to receive the vaccination, but Carroll ISD strongly encourages employees to register and get vaccinated to minimize the risks associated with COVID-19.
Does our health insurance cover the vaccine?
Most health insurance plans, including the district’s insurance carrier, Blue Cross Blue Shield. will cover the Emergency FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccinations at no cost. Vaccinations against COVID-19 will be considered preventative care going forward.
When I get my vaccination appointment sent to me from Tarrant County Public Health, what should I do?
Notify your direct supervisor of your appointment date and time so that plans can be made to cover your classes and/or support your time away from work as you go through the vaccination process. Based on the experience of some who have already been vaccinated, you receive a text, email and confirmation call with a day and timeframe – sometimes it is as early as the next day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an appointed time to show up. If you are not able to make that day/timeframe, they encourage you to come at any time that same day or the following day. According to the TCPH website, you cannot reschedule your appointment.
What happens if I get my vaccine from somewhere other than Tarrant County Public Health?
The choice where to get vaccinated is yours and the responses or procedures below from Carroll ISD still apply regardless of where you decide to get vaccinated.
Do I get penalized for missing work?
Carroll ISD’s goal is to allow employees the flexibility to make their vaccination appointment when your receive it. When you get your appointment notification, reach out to your campus principal and/or department supervisors who will work with you to ensure you can make your appointment time/day. All employees will be given the opportunity to be away for their vaccine doses for up to 2 hours during the work day for each dose without having to use their own leave. You must make up the time that you are away. Your supervisor will provide additional details on how this can be done. You will be required to use your own leave time for any amount you must be gone for the vaccine over 2 hours.
How long can I expect to wait to receive notice of my appointment window?
Tarrant County Public Health is managing all appointments and it appears to be taking several weeks, if not longer, depending on the demand and vaccine availability. According to TCPH, you cannot reschedule once you receive an appointment date and timeframe, so CISD is working with our nearly 1,200 employees to accommodate your time off from work for vaccination appointments.
Will I have to set up an appointment or register for my second dose?
No, Tarrant County Public Health will contact you directly for your appointment to receive the second dose. This is approximately 28 days after receiving the first dose.
What happens if I experience symptoms after I get the vaccine?
Some individuals are reporting mild COVID-like or flu-like symptoms, especially after the second dose. If you experience symptoms from the vaccine, you need to notify your supervisor and stay home until the symptoms subside. Go ahead and put in for a substitute in the system and enter your absence if your position requires one. But please know that there are leave options available if you have to miss work following the vaccine. Please contact Jaclyn Hemmila at Jaclyn.Hemmila@southlakecarroll.edu for information regarding leave. Personnel Services has provided the following information for those experiencing symptoms directly related to the vaccine:
- Days 1-2 out from COVID Vaccine:
- Must show proof of vaccine (name and date included)
- Symptoms must appear within 24-48 hours after vaccination
- Symptoms must resolve in 24-48 hours
- Negative COVID test is NOT required if above items are true
- EPSL (Emergency Paid Sick Leave) could be used
- Email Jaclyn Hemmila if EPSL is needed, within 24 hours of inoculation
- Day 3 out from COVID Vaccine:
- Treated like a new COVID case
- Must report to principal/supervisor as new COVID case (no longer vaccine induced)
- Must have a Negative COVID test or doctor’s Alternate Diagnosis to return
- EPSL or Work from Home days can be used, and will be communicated with employees after supervisor is notified
Do I have to quarantine if I have had both doses of the vaccine and get exposed to a COVID-19 positive case?
Tarrant County Public Health’s protocol follows updated CDC guidance on a Vaccinated Persons.
While mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated high efficacy at preventing severe and symptomatic COVID- 19, there is currently limited information on how much the vaccines might reduce transmission and how long protection lasts. In addition, the efficacy of the vaccines against emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants is not known. At this time, vaccinated persons should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others, including wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, avoiding poorly ventilated spaces, covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands often, following CDC travel guidance, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance, including guidance related to personal protective equipment use or SARS-CoV-2 testing. However, vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all the following criteria:
- Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
- Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
- Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Will CISD be hosting a vaccination clinic onsite for employees?
Carroll ISD held a vacination clinic onsite on Friday, March 12. The details of this vaccination clinic and sign-up opportunities were communicated internally with Carroll ISD staff.