Teachers receive first dose of coronavirus vaccine

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Teachers at two Baton Rouge schools received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Nessie Richards cheered after being one of the first teachers in Louisiana to get the coronavirus vaccine at Baton Rouge General.

“I feel like a million dollars,” Richards said.

The lobby was packed as teachers waited their turn, one by one raising their sleeves.

Many posing for pictures and saying they believe this is the first step toward regaining normalcy.

“Our kids miss us, we miss the kids,” Lori Wells, a teacher at St. Luke’s Episcopal said. “When you’re a teacher you just want to be around them, it’s just natural to have that kind of interaction.”

Baton Rouge General officials say they plan on giving up to 250 doses of the vaccine this week.

Some 1,300 teachers and staff in EBR Parish Schools are expected to get a vaccine through Our Lady of the Lake children’s health centers in schools.

With a new shot and glimmer of hope, these teachers say they can’t wait to get back to work.

“We’re blessed now, we’re [moving in] the right direction,” Richards said.

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