Updated: September 14, 2021 06:59 PM
Created: September 14, 2021 03:33 PM
On this Tuesday, we caught up with some busy seniors at Proctor.
"I'm excited to be back in school doing things we used to before COVID," Sophia Morin-Swanson told us.
Being fully vaccinated helps with their peace of mind.
"We wanted to hang out with our friends. It's about asking the question, are you vaccinated? When you're riding in the car together, just in case, I'd feel bad if I got it and then someone wasn't vaccinated. But a lot of friends in our group are on the same page about being vaccinated," Sydney Haedrich explained.
They are part of the 57% of the eligible Rails who have rolled up their sleeves.
But Superintendent John Engelking is hopeful they can get that number higher. "We feel like the vaccines are the ticket to ending this thing, and bringing back people in person without masks." The district is requiring all people wear masks in the schools.
Other districts shared more about their vaccination stats. Superior relies on Douglas County for their numbers, and leaders said over half of their students 12-17 are vaccinated.
Cook County, which is seeing the highest vaccination rates in Minnesota, says the teens there have recently passed the 50% mark.
Itasca is seeing lower numbers, at less than 37%.
As the year unfolds, health leaders are hoping more young people and their parents will jump on board.
"It makes me feel like I'm doing my part," added Morin-Swanson.
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