JCPS Clinics Vaccinate 4,100+ Newly Eligible Students

Clinics set in wake of CDC recommendation of Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11

November 13, 2021 – Wearing a Superman facemask to get his first shot against the coronavirus, 9-year-old Bryce Malone drew an audible, deep breath and squeezed his eyes closed tight – but just for a second.  Then it was over.

picture of Bryce posing as Superman with his mask
“It didn’t hurt that bad,” the Kerrick Elementary School fourth grader said afterward. “It was better than the flu shot.”

On Saturday, Bryce joined nearly 5,000 Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) students and their families in taking part in vaccination clinics across the district to get protected against Covid-19. The vast majority of those – more than 4,100 – are in the 5-11 age group and newly eligible for the Pfizer version of the vaccine.

“We’re thrilled with the massive response to these clinics,” said Dr. Eva Stone, manager of JCPS Health Services. “The turnout is a solid indication of how important this effort is to our families, and we’re proud to make vaccinations accessible and convenient.  We know that parents have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to give these potentially life-saving measures to their children.”

Held less than two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recommended the Pfizer vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds, the JCPS clinics represented one of the largest and earliest vaccination efforts in Kentucky.

A follow-up clinic for the second dose of the vaccine will be held in schools Dec. 4-5.

The clinics also provided staff and family members the opportunity to get their initial vaccinations or booster shots against the virus.

Jannetta White, Bryce’s mother and a teacher at Carter, said she was “thrilled” when the district announced the weekend clinics for the pediatric shots, after she had been unable to quickly schedule one at local pharmacies.

“When JCPS said that they had it, I thought, ‘Great, we’re just going to go to school and get it done.’”