WS/FCS to partner with Forsyth County Department of Public Health to host COVID-19 vaccination clinics

Published 11:17 am Friday, May 14, 2021

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Mineral Springs Middle, Northwest Middle, Carver High and Parkland High schools will serve as host sites for COVID-19 vaccination clinics operated by the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. The goal is to improve vaccination access for students in the newly approved age range of 12-15 as well as provide open vaccine access to anyone that is eligible in the community that still needs and wants to get vaccinated.    

The two middle school clinics will take place on Thursday, May 20, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The two high school clinics will take place on Friday, May 21, from 2:50 p.m. until 6 p.m.

“The clinics will be open to our students, on campus, who have consent forms signed by their parents, for the first hour of the clinic. We are grateful for the health department’s partnership and willingness to manage and administer vaccinations for these students and the rest of the community who may otherwise have challenges getting vaccinated. This makes it so much easier for students and parents to get safely vaccinated,” said Jennifer Corso, WS/FCS director of school nursing.

Forsyth County Health Director Joshua Swift said, “We tried to target schools within communities that we know still need convenient, easy access to the vaccinations.  These schools are hubs of their communities and this will give us a chance to make the vaccination process simple for the 12- to 15-year-old students now eligible. It will also allow anyone else who has had a difficult time traveling to other vaccination sites to get vaccinated within their own community. Our goal is to continue providing access to the vaccine to as many people in Forsyth County as possible.”

The two middle school clinics will be open to the public from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. The clinics at the two high schools will be open to the public from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. People are encouraged to pre-register via the links on the WS/FCS website, however, walk-ups will also be accepted. The clinics are free of charge. The health department will administer Pfizer vaccines and appointments for the second dose will be given during the clinics. The second shots will also be administered at the school sites.