COLUMBIA - The Columbia Public School District will have five events for students who are 16 years or older to get vaccinated.
According to the CPS website, students need a permission slip signed by a guardian.
The five events are:
- Battle High School - May 4, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- second dose - May 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Rock Bridge High School - May 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- second dose - May 26, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Douglass High School - May 6, 10 a.m.
- second dose - May 27, 10 a.m.
- CORE - May 6, 9 a.m.
- second dose - May 27, 9 a.m.
- Hickman High School - May 7, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- second dose - May 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Michelle Baumstark, Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Director, said the event will look similar to flu clinics they have held at the schools in the past.
“We felt this was something that could create an opportunity for access for students who are 16 years of age and older,” Baumstark said. “We just want to try and create an opportunity for access for our students prior to the end of the school year.”
Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services will partner with the school district to host the five events.
“We encourage all students who are eligible, age wise, to be vaccinated,” Sara Humm, department public information specialist, said. “But they will still have to have a parental consent form signed.”
According to Humm, doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered at each event. She said the events are part of the health department’s efforts to target specific groups for vaccination.
“We’re trying to do all kinds of outreach events in the community and going to the high schools, to CPS, is just one of those methods,” Humm said.
She said they are also hosting future events in more rural areas of Boone County.
“We understand that people have busy lives,” Humm said. “So we want to make sure there are as many opportunities as possible for folks to get vaccinates so that it is convenient for them.”
Baumstark said these are the only events planned for this school year, but there could potentially be events in the future.
“We’re certainly grateful for the opportunity to provide access,” she said. “We hope that there are a number of students that are able to take advantage of that.”