Vaccinations for Teachers and School Staff
All Indiana educators, including school support staff of any age, are now eligible for vaccinations through two programs.
The federal pharmacy program is available to all school district staff at any Kroger, Meier or Walmart. Call the pharmacy directly to schedule your vaccination and plan to take your IPS badge with you to your appointment. For more information about the federal pharmacy program, click HERE.
The state recently announced a new educator vaccine program that will start Monday, March 15. This program is open to all school and support staff throughout the district, including teachers, classroom aids, counselors, janitors, cafeteria workers, substitute teachers, administration staff and bus drivers. You can make an appointment at any state vaccination site, HERE, or by calling 211, starting Monday, March 15. Choose the Early Care Education/Pre-K/K-12 Educators and follow the prompts.
– A text or email will be sent to confirm the appointment and will include a registration link. Registering ahead of appointment encouraged.
– You must bring proof of district employment to the vaccination location: Proof of Indiana residency AND your school/IPS badge or paystub are appropriate forms of proof of employment.
Marion County Vaccine
**IPS and Walmart hosts second Pfizer shot on May 22 at Arsenal Tech High School’s West Gym. Click HERE for details.
Marion County is currently in Phase 1B of vaccine eligibility, which includes eligibility for all Hoosiers age 12 and older. To access the most recent list of eligible Hoosiers, click HERE.
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, it is important to note the CDC recommends continuing with ALL current COVID-19 precautions despite vaccination status. This includes following current quarantine guidelines in the event of exposure. Experts continue to learn more about the protections of the vaccine under real-life conditions and will need to understand more before deciding to change recommendations.
For eligible Hoosiers, vaccine registration information can be accessed:
- By dialing 211 from any phone
To find a list of COVID-19 vaccination sites, click HERE.
Vaccination Planning and Information
To access a variety of important information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including the latest news and resources, click HERE.
IPS Vaccination Recommendation
IPS strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination for the continued protection of our staff, students and community. We understand there may be some hesitancy around receiving the vaccine.
To help you understand more about the vaccine, please check out the following resources:
IPS strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination for the continued protection of our staff, students and community.
Additionally, IPS has received a number of questions around the vaccine and wanted to share the following FAQs:
Will I test positive after getting the COVID vaccine?
NO. None of the vaccines available will cause you to test positive on viral tests.
If your body develops an immune response (which is the goal of vaccination), you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate a previous infection or immunity built from vaccination. Antibody tests are not used to test for current COVID infection.
Can you contract COVID after vaccination?
YES, after the first vaccine dose, the body can take days to weeks to develop an immune response. It is possible to contract COVID during this time, so it is essential to continue following CDC guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing, despite vaccination status.
After the second vaccine, a full immune response is seen approximately 14 days after the injection. It is only after this time a person is thought to be “fully protected.” It is important to note, the vaccine does not stop COVID from entering your body, but your immune response stops the virus from being able to replicate enough to cause significant symptoms or pass the virus to others. Research is still being done around transmission to others, so it is important to continue to use all protective measures for the foreseeable future, despite vaccination status.
What are the side effects from the vaccine and typical timeline:
Most side effects from the vaccine begin 24 to 48 hours after injection. Common side effects include pain, swelling in the arm, fever, chills, tiredness and headache. Symptoms may last a few days but should improve quickly. Symptoms that start several days after vaccination or that do not improve are not common, and you should schedule a provider’s visit to rule out COVID infection or another illness. For a quick reference guide, click here.
How can I tell if a test was a Rapid or a PCR?
A rapid test detects protein fragments specific to COVID. The order should have the word antigen on the result.
A PCR test (gold standard) detects RNA (genetic material) specific to the virus. The order should have the word RNA on the result.
Until the vaccine is available to everyone, continue to follow ALL CDC recommendations for preventing the spread:
- Wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart (about 2 arm lengths).
- Practice good hand hygiene by washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
- Isolate yourself if you’re sick and stay home if you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces often.