COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus City Schools announced Tuesday it would hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics for ages 5-11 at every elementary school in the district — about 70 of them.
A clinic with the first dose of the vaccine is scheduled for the week of December 13-17, with the second dose clinic for the week of January 3-7, 2022.
“It’s our responsibility to at least give all of our students the opportunity,” said Dr. Talisa Dixon, Superintendent of Columbus City Schools.
The school district is working with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus Public Health to provide the vaccines.
Parents must complete and return a consent form for their child by December 7 if they wish to have their children vaccinated.
“We knew we had an opportunity to serve all of our schools,” Dixon said. “That’s why we have a later timeline.”
The district has approximately 22,000 students who fall in the 5-11 age bracket.
“To have it there in schools and not have to look elsewhere, the convenience it brings to our families, we know this was something we wanted to prioritize,” Dixon said.
Once students have received the vaccine, they are observed by medical staff for 15 minutes before being allowed to return to their classrooms. The district said parents are not required to be present when the injection is given. If parents wish to attend, they must make an after-school appointment with a third-party health agency that will provide the vaccine.
A board member said she received emails about the clinics just before the announcement.
“If we have these initiatives, is there any way we can make sure that our team, whether it’s human resources or administration, is very clear that this is what’s going to come before the community gets it so they don’t get it? feel that they are not in the loop for communication,” said board member Tina Pierce.
Some schools will get a flying start with the clinics from this week.
“We will begin primary clinics this week with opportunities for students in Livingston and Moler Elementary Schools on Thursday, Nov. 18,” Dixon said.
Click here to read more about the clinics and to complete the consent form.
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