Staff members at Angeli Cristiani Childcare and Preschool in West Des Moines told Local 5 they are choosing not to get the vaccine.
“I am choosing not to," Nicole Scatino-Talley, owner of the day care said. "However, I wouldn’t discourage my staff. I feel like it’s a personal choice.”
Scatino-Talley said she was informed by the health department, during an immunization audit, that she and her staff could get the vaccine.
"I have spoken to a couple parents about it and I think, so far, people have been OK. They respect that it’s my body my choice," said Scatino-Talley.
In fact, only one of the staff members planned to get the vaccine.
To ensure safety, staff said they take temperatures when people walk in, wash hands, and sanitize.
Scatino-Talley said she isn't anti-vaccine, but that it's a personal choice.
"I don’t feel like that’s a concern [that kids could be pulled from the center] because we’ve been practicing safe practices and because we haven’t had a huge epidemic here, I think parents feel somewhat safe about the way we are handling things,” Scatino-Talley said.
Iowans eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1B Tier 1 include:
- Those 65 years and older (eligible throughout all of Phase 1B)
- First responders (police, firefighters, child welfare social workers)
- PK-12 school staff, early childhood education and child care workers