Updated: November 04, 2021 06:07 PM
Created: November 04, 2021 03:36 PM
Laura MacArthur Elementary was one of the very first vaccine clinics in a school for kids ages 5-11 in Minnesota. It opened at 3pm on Thursday, and wll be open till 7pm.
Principal Jim Erickson told the media ahead of time, "I have to say it's a little daunting, but we're looking forward to it. We've got great staff and volunteers who will help get families where they need to go." They've set aside certain areas for the vaccines.
Duluth was chosen to be one of the first districts in the state to operate these clinics. They will be in all nine elementary and both middle schools.
You do NOT need to be a student in the Duluth school district. But you do need to be ages 5-11.
Students and families were encouraged to sign up and make appointments, but there are also walk-ups available.
The county is also working on more clinics, and health care providers are starting to take appointments as well.
Amy Westbrook, division director of the county's public health department, said, "While it's true most kids recover from COVID quickly, it's not always the case. In September, there were six pediatric hospitalizations, and others are dealing with long term health consequences."
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