VACCINATION: Clinics planned for students, now that eligibility is earlier

With final approval expected for dropping the Pfizer vaccine eligibility age from 16 to 12, Seattle Public Schools is helping organize clinics for students. Here’s what Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer sent this message to families:

Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the City of Seattle, Seattle Fire Department, and city’s Department of Education and Early Learning to organize and host a vaccination clinic at the Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex for all students 12 and up. The first dose will be administered next Monday 5/17 and the second dose will be administered on 6/7. Clinics will be operated and staffed by Seattle Fire Department and students must bring a signed permission slip with them to get the vaccine. More information will be shared with you this week.

But it’s not just for CSIHS students. We subsequently checked with district spokesperson Tim Robinson, who replied, “The city and SPS are partnering to hold several student vaccination clinics, starting next Monday. In the coming days, additional efforts to vaccinate 12+ will be announced.”

8 Replies to "VACCINATION: Clinics planned for students, now that eligibility is earlier"

  • Bonnie May 11, 2021 (3:52 pm)

    What are the hours? – ok never mind. I see more information will be shared this week.

    • WSB May 11, 2021 (4:11 pm)

      Yup, details forthcoming – but I thought even without those details, just the fact they’re working on it was notable.

  • SE May 11, 2021 (7:18 pm)

    My understanding is that there will be about 30 clinics held next week at schools around the District, including at West Seattle and Pathfinder, and maybe others. They are all still working out the details, but this is great news for the students and community. Stay tuned for more!

  • Herongrrrl May 11, 2021 (10:32 pm)

    Already?? I thought the CDC and Westen States Coalition also had to approve the vaccines first…but maybe I missed that had already happened? (My 11yo turns 12 in three weeks and can’t wait to get vaxxed!)

    • WSB May 11, 2021 (10:40 pm)

      The CDC committee is meeting tomorrow, according to a media advisory (this will be in the roundup) for comments by King County’s health officer afterward. The Western States group has usually only taken a day or two. So Monday may well be a lock.

  • Math Teacher May 12, 2021 (6:50 am)

    I heard that the “rush” in setting up these clinics is so they can return in three weeks for the 2nd doses before school lets out in June.  Clinics will be held at all Seattle high schools.

    • SLJ May 12, 2021 (9:13 am)

      Correct. SFD is leading these clinics at all SPS middle and high schools, and I think the K-8 schools as well. It’s a lot to coordinate to start next week–thank you SFD! Once ACIP (part of CDC) and the Western States group give approval, all the other vaccine sites that have the Pfizer vaccine should be open to 12 and up as well. But having it onsite at the schools is fantastic.

  • Mrs. A May 12, 2021 (11:54 am)

    After some digging, I found the City of Seattle registration for free Covid-19 vaccines for our teenagers!!! There are LOTS of appointments available – the site also lets you set up the 2nd vaccine booster. The West Seattle vaccine site is at 2801 SW Thistle Street, but there are also 2 other locations listed.

    Make sure to answer all questions – when you get near the end you will get a screen stating your kiddo is not 16, so can’t get the J&J vaccine. Make sure to scroll down, there is a box to check for ages 12-15. :)

    Our school (K-8 STEM) will also be hosing an on-site vaccination clinic next week for middle-schoolers.  My understanding is that many other schools will be doing the same next week….

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