Some parents excited as Duluth schools prepare to host vaccine clinics |

Some parents excited as Duluth schools prepare to host vaccine clinics

Updated: November 02, 2021 06:19 PM
Created: November 02, 2021 07:00 AM

Some Duluth parents are excited to have their younger kids vaccinated against COVID-19, right at their school building.

Brenna told us, "I think it's a great step to offer it at the schools."

She's been discussing the vaccine with her young daughter. "When I told her she could get it done at school, she decided that's where she would want to do it. It's a place she felt comfortable with. And it's very convenient for us, and it will hopefully open up access for folks."

Duluth Schools are partnering with the state to offer on-site vaccines at the elementary and middle school locations, for kids ages 5-11.

The first date, pending CDC approval for the vaccine, is Thursday this week at Laura MacArthur. And Duluth is one of the pilot districts for the state.

"It's a huge honor to have one of the first slots," John Magas told us. He's the superintendent of ISD 709. "They realize we've worked really hard to follow the county and state recommendations, on masking and social distancing." 

Some teachers told us they are excited to have that extra layer of protection for the kids, who they often consider their own.

The district said families will receive sign up information. In addition to appointments, you can also just walk up.

A parent or guardian must provide written permission and must be present during the vaccinations.

The district said clinics will administer doses for free to Minnesotans ages 5-11.

This is voluntary, not mandatory.

For Brenna's daughter, it means her parents will feel comfortable letting her swim in an indoor pool again, and travel to see family out of state.

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