‘This means a lot to me’: A dose of emotion for some receiving first COVID shot in Folsom

"I'm a little emotional," confesses Kathryn Mayo as she sits in a metal folding chair in the Folsom High School gymnasium Saturday afternoon. Mayo’s voice shakes a bit as she delivers an audibly heartfelt “thank you” to a gloved, masked health care provider who just administered to Mayo a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Hundreds of educators like Mayo started getting vaccinated this week as Sacramento County deemed them eligible effective Feb. 16. “I’m a teacher, so I haven’t been able to be near my students in a long time,” Mayo said. "This means a lot to me.” The large-scale community vaccine clinic at the high school reached nearly 800 pre-registered teachers and school staff members from across the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and other eligible educators county-wide.