“Schools have long served as trusted community hubs. They are ideal locations to help administer vaccines rapidly and efficiently. We’re proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente and Medical Teams International in providing yet another layer of COVID-19 mitigation to PPS families,” said PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero.
“Many of us grew up with our parents recounting their experience of what it was like to receive the polio vaccine at their local school. The relief, the enthusiasm that they felt to finally gain protection against a virus that had deeply impacted their communities...this time is no different,” Guerrero said.
Working in partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Medical Teams International, PPS will offer COVID-19 vaccines to students at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary, Cesar Chavez School, Faubion School, Lent Elementary, Rigler Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, Scott Elementary and Sitton Elementary.
Historically, school vaccine clinics have been more convenient for parents and guardians, as children are already present in the school and do not have to travel to a different location to receive their vaccine.
Clinics will be held after school dismissal and into the evening, allowing more parents to conveniently vaccinate their children at a time when they may already be picking them up for the day or after work hours. Parents will receive information about the clinics first, then it will be shared with the general public. Additional school sites for vaccines are also anticipated in the future.
The pilot partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Medical Teams International is part of a broader, nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 — particularly among children where case numbers have risen in recent weeks. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children between 5 and 11 has received emergency use authorization by the FDA, and is expected to be fully authorized by the CDC in the coming weeks.
“Life during these last few months of the pandemic has been especially complicated for parents of young children because their kids haven’t been eligible for the vaccine,” said Dr. Lisa Denike, chief of Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente. “Being able to vaccinate this age group is a big step forward in keeping our kids safe while they’re at school and out in the community, limiting the spread of COVID, and bringing this pandemic to an end.”
COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots will also be available to PPS parents and guardians. In order to receive a vaccine, a student must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. The vaccine mandate currently being discussed by the PPS Board would not apply to children ages 5 to 11. The Board is currently only considering a mandate for students ages 12 and older.
“One day our students will recount their own experiences of receiving a vaccine that changed the course of their generation’s pandemic for the better,” said Superintendent Guerrero. “Vaccination is the best tool we have to help keep our students, and our broader community, healthy and safe. We’re grateful to collaborate with partners to make this upcoming vaccination opportunity available and accessible to our families.”
Visit pps.net to learn more about the district’s protocols for keeping students and staff safe fromCOVID-19.