A handful of information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine and clinics where eligible students can get the shot are on tap in the Detroit school district.
Vaccines are now available for anyone 12 or older, and public health officials across the nation have been encouraging parents to have their children vaccinated. In the Detroit Public Schools Community District, a group of teens launched the Teens for Vaccines campaign.
The teens leading the effort said during a kick-off event last week that they are trying to do their part to help their peers understand why they should consider getting vaccinated.
“It’s very important for the public to trust in our science and trust in our medical professionals,” Harrison Haywood, a senior at Cass Technical High School, said at that event. “I’m always voicing that to my friends and family.”
The Teens for Vaccines events are co-sponsored by the Detroit Health Department and the Ascension School-based health clinic.
Some important rules to remember for the vaccination clinics:
- Any child 12 to 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- The parent/guardian must show identification.
- The parent/guardian must sign a written consent form.
In addition, parents who bring their children are not eligible for the city’s Good Neighbor program, which provides a $50 incentive to those who bring a neighbor or family member with them to get vaccinated.
During a school board meeting Tuesday night, Detroit Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the vaccine clinics are open to any eligible child.
“It’s a DPSCD-sponsored event,” Vitti said. “The overall goal … is to vaccinate everyone and anyone. We would not deny access.”
Here are details about the upcoming events:
These events are open to anyone 12 or older. Walk-ins are available at each event, but you can also register at the numbers below.
- First-dose vaccinations will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at Randolph Career and Technical Center, 17101 Hubbell. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also register from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday by calling 313-230-0505. Second doses of the vaccine will be available on June 12 at the same times and location.
- First-dose vaccinations will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, at Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette. Register by calling 313-567-0534. Second doses will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23.
- First-dose vaccinations will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 3 at East English Village Preparatory Academy, 5020 Cadieux. Register by calling 313-640-5798. Second doses will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 24.
These sessions will all take place online. To log in by computer, go to https://bit.ly/3obrUd6. To log by phone, call 313-462-2305, ID: 336 673 791#
- 6 p.m., Thursday
- 3:30 p.m., May 27
- 3:30 p.m., June 3