SPS to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics

Published 9:09 pm Monday, October 4, 2021

Suffolk Public Schools and Rite-Aid Pharmacy will be holding COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students ages 12 and up Oct. 8 at all of the division’s middle and high schools, as well as the College and Career Academy at Pruden.

Schools hosting the clinics include Col. Fred Cherry Middle School, Forest Glen Middle School, John F. Kennedy Middle School, John Yeates Middle School, King’s Fork Middle School, King’s Fork High School, Lakeland High School, Nansemond River High School and CCAP.

Participation will be based on the order in which completed consent forms are received by the school nurse.

Due to scheduling and time constraints, there may be a limit to how many vaccinations can be given at each location, and consent forms are due by the close of business Oct. 6 to get vaccine dose counts.

Students under 18 must have a parent or guardian print, complete and submit the vaccine consent form, which can be found at https://www.riteaid.com/content/dam/riteaid-web/pharmacy/vaccine-central/immunization-information/Immunization_Form_UPDATE_ENGLISH_FINAL-210210.pdf.

A second-dose clinic for those getting their first dose Oct. 8 will be offered Oct. 29.

Copies of the consent forms and flyers will also be available at each school.

Among those ages 12 to 15 in Suffolk, 50.2% (2,542 people) have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and 41.1% (2,081) have been fully vaccinated. Among those ages 16 to 17, 59.3% have received at least one dose (1,437), and 51.6% have been fully vaccinated (1,250).