Some Ohio teachers have to wait a little longer to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 6:15 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 19:22:05-05

While teachers with Cincinnati Public Schools will start receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, other Ohio teachers have to wait a little while longer.

Meg Cottingham is a chemistry teacher at Ross High School, and she sits behind a Plexiglas divider to teach. She said this makes it difficult to teach her students.

"I can't walk over to them and help them at their desk when they need it," Cottingham said.

Cottingham also likes to connect with her students on a personal level, eating lunch with them on bad days and even going on college tours with others if a student's parents can't go.

"I want [the vaccine] because I want to be able to work with the kids," Cottingham said. "I can't do that as long as I don't have the vaccine."

Teachers at Ross High School will have the vaccine available to them starting next week. The vaccine is not mandatory for teachers at the school.