Norwin School District is pleased to share the news that several school nurses have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This includes Mrs. Jessica Rovesti, Certified School Nurse, BSN, at Norwin Middle School (pictured).
As soon as the vaccine became available to Phase 1A health care workers, Mrs. Rovesti began to search for opportunities for her and her fellow school nurses to receive the vaccine. To her surprise, a Pittsburgh pharmacy responded to her outreach and offered the first dose, which was made by Moderna and which she received on January 8th. She plans to get her second dose in 28 days.
“I feel so extremely overwhelmed with gratitude and hope after receiving my first COVID-19 vaccine dose. I believe this is the first step toward a healthier, safer, and brighter future for all of us,” Mrs. Rovesti said. “The more people who are protected from the COVID-19 virus through vaccination immunity will help us all move more quickly to an end of this pandemic.”
Asked why she took the opportunity to get vaccinated as soon as possible, she replied that she wanted to help protect herself while caring for the students and staff that she encounters each day. Mrs. Rovesti said she also wanted to help protect and ease the strain being felt by our health care heroes in the hospital setting who are being severely overwhelmed right now. Finally, she had in mind all those people who are not able to receive a vaccine, or who have not been given the opportunity to receive the vaccine yet. This includes her children and grandparents.
Norwin administrators and nurses are working on a plan for school staff to receive the vaccine as soon as Pennsylvania moves into Phase 1B allowing educators and school staff to be vaccinated. Pennsylvania is currently in Phase 1A. Click here to learn more about the phases of Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout.
“Vaccination is another step we can all take to help keep everyone around us and those more vulnerable safe here at school and at home,” Mrs. Rovesti said. “In the end, we all have to work together to protect each other so we can all move forward towards a brighter and healthier future where we can all be together again.”