Chesterfield Select Board backs speeding up vaccine for New Hingham staff


Staff Writer
Published: 1/21/2021 12:25:50 PM

CHESTERFIELD — The Select Board has agreed to back an effort to get teachers and staff at New Hingham Regional Elementary School vaccinated against COVID-19 during the Phase 1 rollout.

The elementary school, which serves both Chesterfield and Goshen, has been teaching students full time and in person since October. As such, Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School Committee Member Geoffrey Gougeon has launched an effort to allow staff and teachers to be given the vaccine alongside first responders, who are currently being vaccinated.

Under the state’s vaccination schedule, K-12 workers are set to be vaccinated in Phase 2, which is scheduled for February and March.

Tuesday evening, the Chesterfield Select Board voted to send a letter in support of Gougeon’s effort, which will be drafted by Town Administrator Susan Labrie.

“They know that the teachers have done such a good job,” said Don Willard, who serves on the Select Board and the Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School Committee, of his fellow Select Board members.

Gougeon said Goshen’s Interim Town Administrator Dawn Scaparotti was at the Tuesday meeting of the Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School Committee, and that she said she would bring the idea to the Goshen Select Board.

Gougeon said he plans to send the letters of support to the state Department of Public Health, although he added that “I have no idea if it’ll actually work.”

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