Students and staff in Martin County can start receiving doses of the coronavirus vaccine on school campuses Wednesday.
Last week, the Pfizer vaccine was approved for children aged 5 to 11.
School district officials say, however, that the vaccine is not needed for students to attend school.
The first of three school clinics will be held at JD Parker Elementary School in Stuart from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday courses will be held at Warfield Elementary School and Port Salerno Elementary School from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“I think sometimes familiar environments make any process a little easier,” said Wilhelmina Lewis, MD, president and CEO of Florida Community Health Center. “I can’t say that I’ve seen children rushing to get vaccinated when they have to go to their doctor, but school is a comfortable place that they know well. Their teachers are there, their friends are there. are there.”
Dr Lewis said the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 is about a third of a normal dose for an adult.
Since the start of the school year, 820 students and 142 school district staff have tested positive for covid.
“I think it is important that children are vaccinated because, again, we always see young people who perform very poorly because of the covid 19 virus, and I don’t want that to happen to a child in our own. community if it can be avoided, ”Dr Lewis said.
The school site clinics are also open to the public.
Students who wish to be vaccinated with parental permission do not have to go to the school where the clinic is held.
The first and second doses of vaccine will be available. No booster vaccine will be offered.
Pre-registration is not compulsory but is encouraged. You can pre-register by clicking here.
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