Ben Hill Co. teachers among first in SWGA to receive J & J vaccine

(FITZGERALD, GA) – Throughout Ben Hill County Primary and Middle Schools, more than a hundred teachers got their first, and only shot needed for COVID-19 on Friday.

They’re among the first in our area to receive the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Ben hill County Middle School Katrina Vaughn told us, “I feel confident in having the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. I’m excited to get it. I’m hoping soon that we can get the whole faculty vaccinated so we can have a little less fear about catching the virus.”

“I’m actually really excited about it. It means I don’t have to wait for antibodies to start building, and for me to be safe here while I’m at work.” says fellow teacher, Kimberleigh Rovitzsch

“We’re consistently looking out for the best interests of everyone. Our teachers, our staff, our students. And so to be inoculated and have that vaccine is such a great opportunity for our teachers,” says Ben Hill RTI Coordinator, Christopher Alexander

For some teachers, the promise of the one-shot J & J vaccine means a quicker return to a sense of normalcy, and a chance to better reconnect with students.

7th and 8th grade teacher, Aubrey Wilcox says, “I think once we can get more people to vaccinate, we can slowly get rid of these masks, we can get back to normal, and like I said, we can end that disconnect.”

“I think getting back to class with our students is a priority. And our school system is on the front line of preparing the teachers to be available to our students,” says middle school teacher, Pam Brown.

With a hundred teachers already getting the Johnson and Johnson vaccine Friday, there’s a sense of accomplishment as the teachers are able to put their students’ education first.

The Ben Hill County School System will be vaccinating the remaining teachers in the county over the next couple of weeks.