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Columbia Public Schools to start offering in-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Optional COVID-19 vaccinations for kids age 5-11 will begin in Columbia and Boone County Public Schools Monday.

Trina Teacutter, the nursing supervisor at the Columbia/Boone County Health Department, said the clinics are an important way to increase access to the vaccines and get shots in arms.

“We are starting out with elementary schools first because that age group hasn't had the opportunity to get vaccinated yet,” Teacutter said. “But we will also be offering it to middle school and high schoolers again, as well.”

Teacutter and her team of nurses also conduct in-school flu vaccine clinics every year. She said that so far she’s received roughly a third as many consent forms for COVID-19 shot clinics than they did for flu vaccines this year.

First dose clinics will run through mid-December, and second doses will be administered in schools for those who wish to participate starting on Jan. 4, 2022.

Columbia Public Schools sent out a letter to parents on November 9th that stated that they’re hopeful that expanding vaccine availability, combined with decreasing COVID-19 cases in Boone County, might mean they can end indoor masking requirements for students once enough elementary students are fully vaccinated.

Parents can find consent forms, as well as more information about clinic schedules here.