Schools partner with health district to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinics for ages 5-11

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LURAY, Nov. 12 — Next week, Page County Public Schools will partner with the Lord Fairfax Health District to provide two free COVID-19 vaccination clinics for children ages 5-11 at the local high schools.

The clinics will not be held during school hours, and a parent or guardian must be present with the child to receive a free vaccination. The local school division is not requiring students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, but is simply working with the health district to offer the opportunity.

“Vaccinations remain an important process in deterring the spread of the COVID-19 virus and are an optional piece of protection for both students and staff members in PCPS and our community,” reads a press release on the division’s website. “Additionally, children who [are] fully vaccinated (two weeks after dose #2) will no longer have to quarantine as long as they are symptom free; thus eliminating the potential for lost instructional time at school.”

Guidelines for scheduling appointments and attending the clinics:

• The child’s parent or guardian must be present at the vaccine clinic.
• The child receiving the vaccine must be between the ages of 5 and 11 on the day of the
vaccine clinic.
• You may schedule both doses at the same time, but please make sure that there is a three-week period in between the doses (minimum of 21 days).
• Please sign up for the same location for both doses (i.e. don’t sign up for PCHS dose #1 and
LHS dose #2).
Walk-ins will be allowed as long as time and space permit, but LFHD strongly recommends
making an appointment.

“PCPS students are not required to be vaccinated in order to attend in-person instruction, nor will any vaccine be given to a child without the parents’ consent,” the school division’s press release states. “PCPS and the Lord Fairfax Health Department will not be administering vaccines during the school day. If you have specific questions about the vaccine and whether or not your child should get it, please call the Lord Fairfax Health Department or your child’s health care provider.”

To sign-up your child, ages 5-11, for the COVID-19 vaccine:

• 4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15 — Page County High School — SIGN-UP FOR DOSE #1

• 4-7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 — Page County High School — SIGN-UP FOR DOSE #2

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• 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 — Luray High School — SIGN-UP FOR DOSE #1

• 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8 — Luray High School — SIGN-UP FOR DOSE #2

If you are interested in receiving the vaccine for anyone who is 12 or up, please contact the Lord Fairfax Health Department. The vaccine clinics on the dates shown above are

only for children between the ages of 5 and 11.

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