COVID-19 Employee Vaccinations

CSD Employee Participation
in COVID-19 Clinics

0 %

Administrators
Vaccinated

0 %

Licensed Personnel
Vaccinated

0 %

Education Support Professionals
Vaccinated

Total: 10 % of all Eligible Employees

“Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.”

– Jonas Salk

The advances and wonders of science have propelled a sense of hope across Canyons.

On the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canyons District wrapped up a successful two-month endeavor to inoculate educators and support staff against the novel coronavirus.

Cheers erupted at Mount Jordan Middle at about 7 p.m. when the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine was given to Elizabeth Rooklidge, a school counseling student who is doing her practicum at Draper Park Middle.

Elizabeth Rooklidge receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Rooklidge was the last CSD employee to receive both the prime and “booster” shots of the vaccine at Canyons District COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic. Canyons has provided the service to employees every Thursday since Jan. 14.

For the vaccination initiative, at which nearly 4,000 CSD employees were vaccinated, Canyons joined Jordan, Murray, Salt Lake City, and Granite school districts on a unified plan for vaccine distribution to K-12 employees in Salt Lake County.

A limited number of vaccines were distributed each week based on age, with older employees receiving the vaccine first. On a weekly basis, via email, CSD extended invitations to eligible employees in descending age order, depending on the number of doses allotted to CSD by the Salt Lake County Health Department. 

CSD’s clinics were planned and executed by the District’s Human Resources Department with assistance from various departments and school administrators. 

“It is so exciting and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to receive the vaccine,” Rooklidge said after receiving her booster shot. “I knew it was important to keep our kids safe.”

According to District records, 91 percent of Canyons Administrators chose to receive the vaccine. Eighty-three percent of CSD’s licensed personnel received the shots, and 66 percent of eligible CSD Education Support Professionals chose to receive the vaccine at a CSD clinic. 

All tallied, 73 percent of eligible and interested Canyons employees participated in the District’s vaccination clinics. 

Utah Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, members of the Canyons Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Rick Robins, and Canyons Education Association leaders were among those who visited and celebrated the final vaccine clinic. 

The CSD COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics were held at Mount Jordan Middle, 9351 S. Mountaineer Lane.

“I am so overwhelmed with pride and appreciation for our employees and the way they have stepped up to be a part of the vaccination effort. I’m in awe of their spirit and their attitude to really fulfill our promise to our kids. I am honored to be their superintendent — and I am honored to be their teammate.”
Rick Robins
Superintendent, Canyons School District
“The Canyons Education Association is grateful to Utah’s Gov. Spencer Cox, who prioritized vaccinations for educators. CEA members have appreciated Canyons School District’s swift and smooth delivery of vaccinations. The ability to become fully vaccinated has greatly increased educators’ sense of safety and security while performing our most important function, teaching and mentoring children. This has been a vital step in the fight against the pandemic and a return to normalcy in our schools.”
Erika Bradshaw
President, Canyons Education Association
“They say that it takes a village to raise a child. Schools are certainly a part of that village, and it takes everyone, from teachers to custodians to secretaries to bus drivers, to make sure every student is provided a world-class education in Canyons District. Thanks to the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics, which were open to all eligible CSD employees, we can move forward safely in our commitment to making our schools and our communities as strong as they can be. We appreciate all of the Education Support Professionals who put trust in science and received their vaccinations to be safe at work and home.”
Brandon Wolf
President, Canyons Association of
Education Support Professionals