The Smithville school district is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for everyone ages 5 and older on Thursday.
The clinic is open from 4-7pm in the cafeteria of Brown Primary School, at 403 SW Fourth St. in Smithville. The first and second doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available, as well as booster shots.
Appointments, IDs, or insurance cards are not required, and participants do not need to be affiliated with the school district. Parents or guardians are required for children under 18 years of age.
The clinic is run in partnership with COVAC and marks the district’s seventh vaccine event. So far, the district has distributed about 350 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, including first, second, and booster shots.
This vaccine clinic will be the first in the district since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved Pfizer injections for children as young as 5 years old.
The initiative comes as the number of Smithville district students who have contracted the virus has reached 254, according to David Edwards, the district’s director of state and federal programs, who presented the statistic to the school board Monday at a meeting. .
Among the district’s staff, 48 have tested positive, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the district to 302.
The district has distributed 30 virus tests to students and/or staff so far in November, four of which have come back positive. Most of the reported cases of COVID-19 among students and staff were confirmed outside the school district.
The number of reported cases among the district’s students and staff has fallen sharply compared to the first three weeks of the school year.
In September, 77 new cases of the virus were reported in the district, according to the online COVID-19 dashboard. In October, only five cases were confirmed.
So far, six cases have been confirmed in November, with all but one reported in Smithville Elementary School.
Due to the increase in cases found at the school, the base campus has been closed to visitors since Nov. 5 and will remain closed until the end of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Edwards said he is optimistic about the downward trend in COVID-19 cases among the district’s students and staff
“Our numbers have come down and are back on track, so I’m feeling good about that,” Edwards told the Smithville Times. “I feel relieved and I’m hopeful it will continue to be that way during the fall.”