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Arizona honors Dysart district health team

DUSD vaccine POD receive awards as COVID-19 hot shots

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The Dysart Unified School District COVID-19 Vaccine Point of Dispensing Team was recently recognized by The Arizona Partnership for Immunization with a 2021 Hot Shot Award.

The Hot Shot Award seeks to recognize individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond the call of duty during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dysart POD Team was recognized for their efforts to organize and facilitate a drive-thru COVID-19 Vaccination POD for local educators, school employees, and daycare workers in the community. The Vaccination POD was held on two dates during the months of February and March, and resulted in nearly 800 local educators being vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Dysart POD team partnered with Maricopa County Public Health, Fry’s Pharmacy, the Surprise Fire-Medical and Police Departments who assisted with safety measures, and the Be Kind People Project who provided music, fun, and smiles to those being vaccinated.

The Dysart Vaccine POD team consists of Jacqueline Hoeffler, Lead Nurse; Alan Van Horn, Maintenance Administrator; Cynthia Williams, Regional Nurse; Lauree Marino, Regional Nurse; Doug Curry, Director of Transportation; Renee Ryon, Director of Public Relations; and Corey Montano, Director of Exceptional Student Services. The team was recognized during The Arizona Partnership for Immunization Outstanding Practice Cloud Virtual Awards Presentation on April 28.

In addition, Jacqueline Hoeffler, Dysart Unified School District Lead Nurse, was honored with an Individual Hot Shot Award for her extraordinary efforts in the organization of the event, and her dedication to the health and safety of the community.

The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) is a non-profit statewide coalition of over 400 members that seek to foster community wellness and advocate for good public policy and best immunization practices.

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