Weekend COVID-19 vaccination clinic held for Snohomish School District employees

SNOHOMISH, Wash. — This weekend, Snohomish High School’s gym transformed into a COVID-19 clinic dedicated to vaccinating teachers and other people who work at the Snohomish School District.

Rebeca Pena, who teaches Spanish and French at Glacier Peak High School, came in for her second dose.

“I don’t usually have trouble sleeping but last night it happened again. Just like the night before the first shot, I had a dream my car broke down because I was so worried to actually get here,” Pena explained.

That anxiety is brought on by a tough year of lockdowns, school closures, and remote learning.

Superintendent Kent Kultgen says he’s glad educators can now get in line for their shots.

“It’s one more step in a tool to ensure the safety of our students. We already have elementary K-6 back, we’re looking at 7-12 coming back at the end of the month,” Kultgen said,

The district partnered with Kusler’s Compounding Pharmacy - which is right across the street from the high school. There were 1,100 first and second doses.

“It’s been tough on everybody. Everybody has had challenges. But it’s been especially tough on our youth and they deserve this hard work,” said Dawn Ipsen who owns Kusler’s Compounding Pharmacy.

For Pena, this second COVID-19 shot means not only will she feel safer when she steps into a classroom with her students for the first time this year - but it’s also another step to normalcy.

“In the beginning, I was so nervous that I wouldn’t leave my house but once a week to get groceries. And now, now I’m starting to get more relaxed about it though,” Pena added.

The Snohomish School District shared some of its leftover doses and extended their clinic to the Everett and Mukilteo School Districts.