ANDALUSIA, Alabama (WSFA) – Andalusia’s high school on Tuesday became a vaccination clinic in an effort to get as many students vaccinated as possible.
Alabama Department of Public Health staff administered the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 54 students in grades 7 to 12.
Andalusian leaders worked together to make the clinic possible.
“Well, it all started with a meeting with our mayor and one of our local doctors here in town with myself and Ms. Carrasco. We got together and wanted to see what we can do to keep our children safe and one of the main things that came out of that meeting was to have a vaccination clinic in one of our local schools ”, said Superintendent Daniel Shakespeare.
Chrissie Duffy’s three children received their first doses of the vaccine at the clinic on Tuesday.
“I thought it was a great idea to meet people where they’re at, and there’s also a level of trust that comes with, you know, having a school sponsor,” Duffy said.
About 27% of Covington County residents are fully vaccinated, which is below the state average. The city has made efforts to increase this percentage.
“As much as we can get vaccinated, it’s a victory. 50 or 75 more people are going to be vaccinated in our county who have not been, ”said Melinda Carrasco, head nurse of the district of schools in the city of Andalusia.
Last school year, the school district recorded 74 positive cases. Fifty of those positive tests were among the professors.
There have been 19 positive cases reported since the start of the new school year less than two weeks ago.
The Andalusia High School Clinic was only a one-day clinic, but that could change.
“We could coordinate another day if we have the interest,” Carrasco said.
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer vaccine for people 16 years of age and older. It will continue to be provided to 12-15 year olds as part of an emergency use authorization.
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