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Northland schools share plans to vaccinate 12-15 year olds

Emily Ness
Updated: May 12, 2021 10:28 PM
Created: May 12, 2021 04:13 PM

After months of waiting their turn to roll up their sleeves, 12 to 15 year olds are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. 

Many states will be using schools to get this portion of the population vaccinated.

WDIO spoke to Proctor, Duluth and Superior Public Schools about their plans to vaccinate students.

At Proctor Public Schools, efforts to vaccinate students 16 and up were underway Wednesday. Superintendent John Engelking said the district hopes to extend these efforts to 12 to 15 year olds as soon as Thursday with the CDC’s latest announcement.

“We’re excited to offer this opportunity for parents and for the community. Certainly, we’re a community school and we want to make sure that we get back to normal as soon as we can and fighting this pandemic with a vaccine is certainly one way to do that,” Engelking said.

Trevor Lanthier, an 8th grader at Proctor High School, was one of a handful of students to receive the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

“It’s kind of a worldwide thing, so I thought why not?,” Lanthier said. “I’m looking forward to being fully there.”

Meanwhile, efforts to vaccinate students 16 and up are also underway at Duluth Public Schools. So far, Superintendent John Magas said they have vaccinated over 100 students and plan to extend these efforts to 12 to 15 year olds in the coming days.

“We are going to be offering clinics in the schools for the 12 to 15 year olds, provided of course that they have their parent’s permission as well,” Magas said. “As we are emerging from the pandemic, having as many people vaccinated as possible increases our opportunities for having that return to normalcy.”

Superior Public Schools said they do not have plans to provide vaccines for students on site, but plan to work with Douglas County Public Health as a resource for families.

Both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s also said they would begin offering the Pfizer vaccine to 12 to 15 year olds as soon as Thursday.

To schedule an appointment at Essentia Health, patients can use their MyChart patient portal or call  (833)-494-0836.

To schedule an appointment at St. Luke's patients can use their MyCare patient portal or call 218.249.4200.

Both locations encourage appointments, but also accept walk ins.

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