A phone call Monday, Jan. 18 put Minnesota school districts in a flurry.

"We had no idea that this was coming. It was a pleasant surprise," said Dr. Brandon Lunak, superintendent of Moorhead Public Schools.

Moorhead Public Schools was allotted 19 COVID-19 vaccines for their staff and teachers.

The school had 24 hours to make a priority one group of school medical staff, special education teachers, and school bus drivers and get them signed up for the shot.

The school will release the full details of their priority groups to the staff later this week.

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"There is over 100 staff just in that priority group one alone," said Lunak.

The school has over 1,000 staff eligible to be vaccinated.

Moorhead teachers must travel to Fergus Falls to get vaccinated at a COVID-19 Vaccine Pilot Center, hosted by the state and Fergus Falls Public Schools.

Fergus Falls was given eight vaccines, all going to teachers.

"Probably hoping maybe we would get 20, but eight is a start. It's a positive direction and we are excited about that. We hope the event goes well and that we will be a recipient of a greater number of doses in the future," said Jeff Drake, superintendent for Fergus Falls Public Schools.

Every school is getting something, Norman County East is getting 5 vaccines at the Thief River Falls Vaccination Center.

"Our staff was sure eager to get that email and phone call on Monday - They were jumping at the bit to get vaccinated," said Rob Nudell, superintendent Norman County East school district.

With the goal of getting every student in the classroom.

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