A Message From Superintendent Tracy Wrend

Children 12 and up are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19!  The State of Vermont is planning school and community based clinics to support vaccination of 12-15 year-olds. See this list of  School and Community Based Clinics Open to 12-15-Year-Olds you can access right now!

We will be hosting a clinic at PA/PAML in the gymnasium on Thursday, May 27, from 10:00am to 6:00pm for PA/PAML students (with parental permission) and walk-ins.  Parents will also be welcome to attend these clinics with their children if they would like to do so.  A follow-up clinic for the second dose will be scheduled for June.  

In addition, Waterbury Ambulance, in conjunction with Morristown Rescue and the Vermont Department of Health, is hosting a pop-up, drive-through vaccine clinic at Stowe High School on Saturday, May 15, from 8:00am to 10:00am.

Registration
Registering in advance for the school-based clinic or other community vaccination sites is the best way to secure a dose, and will simplify the process of providing parent/guardian consent (see below). School-based clinics will also have a limited number of doses available on a walk-in basis, as long as students under the age of 18 have parental consent.

Parental Consent
Consent from a parent/guardian is required for a student under the age of 18 to receive the vaccine. In an effort to make receiving a vaccine as easy as possible, there are multiple ways that parents can provide consent.

  • By registering for the vaccine online – Parents/guardians can add their children as dependents in the State’s vaccine registration system, and then schedule an appointment for them at their school clinic or another convenient community clinic. As part of that registration process, parents are asked to provide consent for their child to be vaccinated.
  • By registering for the vaccine using the call center – Parents/guardians can call the state’s call center (press “1” to use a language other than English) to make a vaccine appointment for their child. As part of that registration process, they will be asked to provide consent over the phone.
  • By signing a permission slip – Schools will be provided a permission form that parents/guardians can use to give consent. This form will be available translated into multiple languages.  We will share the permission slip as it is available.
  • By attending the clinic with their child – Clinics will provide limited ‘walk-in’ vaccine doses. If students have their parent/guardian with them, their parent can provide consent at that time. As a reminder, the best way for students to guarantee their dose is to register in advance.
  • Over the phone during the clinic – If the student attends a clinic as a walk-in without their parent/guardian present, the clinic registration staff will be able to accept and document parental consent over the phone, similar to the call center process. As a reminder, the best way for students to guarantee their dose is to register in advance.

Pharmacies
In addition to the school and community-based clinics, you will be able to make appointments to receive the vaccines at pharmacies that offer the Pfizer vaccine. At this time, that includes Kinney Drugs, CVS, Hannafords, and Costco. Students and families can choose to make their appointment wherever is most convenient for them.

If you have questions about vaccination, please contact your healthcare provider or see:

https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine

https://uwlamoille.org/get-help/vaccination.html

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids

FDA’s Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers

You can also attend one of the upcoming sessions offered by the Health Department and local pediatricians to discuss Kids and the COVID-19 vaccine. See a list of upcoming sessions on the Health Department website.

Vaccination is an important tool to help us learn and play together more! 

Best,
Tracy

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