Southern Wisconsin districts prepare to host school-wide clinics to conveniently vaccinate students
LODI, Wis. — With the coronavirus vaccine now available to all high school-age students, southern Wisconsin districts anticipate they’ll be busy this summer… not in the classroom, but at the ‘clinic.’
While schools aren’t requiring all students receive the COVID vaccine just yet, they are expected to play an important role in getting students vaccinated. Less than a week after the Lodi District hosted its first school-wide vaccination clinic for students, District Administrator Vince Breunig is already planning a second, which he hopes will run before the end of the semester.
“Having it at a school shows we think it’s safe,” said Breunig. “This is just one step closer to getting back to normal.”
Vaccinated students no longer need to quarantine when exposed to someone with COVID, which keeps them in the classroom and eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Hosting clinics at schools also provides an added convenience for parents.
“We’re able to get them in and out and back to class so parents don’t have to find time in their day,” explained Brian Borowski, Waunakee High School Principal.
Two months after partnering with SSM Health to vaccinate all teachers, Waunakee is getting ready to hold its first district-wide student vaccination clinic this Thursday, May 13 ,from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Following CDC guidelines, all students 12 & up will be able to receive their first round of shots, with their second scheduled just before summer break.
“Next fall looks to be, what I keep hoping is, very normal for all of us,” Borowski said, adding, “Because that’s what we desperately seek.”
SSM Health is partnering with several other Madison-area districts to host vaccine clinics at schools.
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