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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester Public Schools has released its latest Covid vaccination numbers and they show a majority of staff is now fully vaccinated.

According to an RPS release, 88-percent of all staff employees are fully vaccinated.

The release indicates just over 65-percent of students 12 and older have been fully vaccinated. More than 70-percent of students at the three high schools are fully vaccinated.

The numbers are current as of Sept. 19th.

The release says the information allows RPS to better understand the immune status of staff and students, as well as risk for transmission in the RPS communities.

RPS will utilize this data when making decisions about important issues such as vaccination requirements for staff and quarantine. The district is continuing their current mitigation strategy with a layered approach which includes masking, social distancing, contact tracing, and quarantining close contacts from indoor classroom settings whom are unvaccinated. Additionally, RPS will continue to work with local partners to offer additional vaccination clinics to students, their families, and staff at their schools.

 “Making decisions based on actual, or as close to actual, data rather than perceived data is critical to our strategies going forward,” said interim superintendent Dr. Kent Pekel. Pekel also added that vaccination is an individual decision. “Being vaccinated is a big decision a student, parent, or individual must make. But it is a shared responsibility between the individuals and schools because we know the best path out of this pandemic is vaccination.”


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