Marshalltown Schools Health Services staff receive COVID-19 vaccine

Miller Middle School nurse Christina Malcom receives a COVID-19 vaccine Thursday at McFarland Clinic.

All over the country, healthcare personnel are receiving the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, and Marshalltown Schools Health Services staff joined those ranks on Thursday.  

School nurses and health aides received their first dose of the vaccine at McFarland Clinic, and all will get a second dose after four weeks. As the vaccine becomes available to more people in the future, the Health Services staff said they encourage those who are able to get vaccinated

MHS health aide Rocio Villagomez smiles in a selfie as she gets her first COVID-19 vaccine dose.

“It’s important for us to not only protect ourselves, but to protect the people around us,” said Miller Middle School nurse Christina Malcom.

Health aide Katy Stonner, who works alongside Malcom at Miller, agreed that getting vaccinated will not only keep her safe, but will help keep her loved ones safe as well.

“It’s about safety and helping others,” she said.

Malcom, Stonner, and other MCSD Health Services staff members said their vaccination experiences on Thursday were quick and smooth.

“I feel like this shot went even better than the flu shot,” Malcom said. “This one was easy!”

Health aide Katy Stonner said getting vaccinated was quick and easy.

Iowa and the rest of the country are still in the early phases of distributing the vaccine; current vaccination efforts are focused on health care personnel and long-term care residents. Marshalltown Schools will share updates as vaccine distribution expands to include other groups within the District.

We thank our community for continuing to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and follow other important safety rules and guidelines. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, visit