JCPS to Hold Districtwide Vaccination Clinics for Students 5+

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

November 4, 2021 – Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) will hold a two-day vaccination clinic where students ages 5 and up can receive the Pfizer vaccine to protect against the coronavirus, district officials announced today.  The clinics, to be held Nov. 13-14 at 24 schools throughout the county, come days after the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recommended the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11.

While the primary focus for the clinics is on children 5-11, all eligible students will be able to receive the vaccination during the clinics. Eligible family and staff members will be able to receive Pfizer booster shots as well.

“JCPS is proud to offer families a convenient opportunity to get the vaccine for all their children, particularly those in elementary grades who have just recently become eligible,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio. “These clinics will enable us to partner with families and provide the vaccine at no cost to thousands of students, which is critical to keeping our kids healthy and in school.”

The clinics, which will be run by SphereDX, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. both days at 24 school sites.  The second round of shots will be available on December 4-5. Families can register for the vaccination clinic on the JCPS website. A limited number of walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows.

Just over half of the students in JCPS are newly eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 48,200 children are in the 5-11 age group in the district.

“Vaccination is the single most effective tool we have to combat the coronavirus,” said Dr. Eva Stone, manager of JCPS Health Services. “Now that the vaccine has been approved for most of our youngest learners, these clinics present an incredible opportunity to protect nearly every child in the district and put us on a faster track to resuming a normal school year.”