Coeur d’Alene Schools holding vaccination clinics for students, community

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — Schools can become a one-stop shop for some families, becoming a place parents can get the COVID shot when dropping off their kids.

The Coeur d’Alene School District and Panhandle Health District are trying to make it as easy as possible for students and families to get vaccinated. On Wednesday, some students at Lake City High School stopped by the school gym, not for P.E., but for a COVID vaccine.

That’s what senior Jacob Hutchinson did today.

“I’ve been planning on getting it for a while, but I couldn’t get in with my busy schedule,” Hutchinson said.

Luckily for him, he was able to pop in and get the shot before his first class Wednesday.

“It was super easy for me and super convenient,” he said.

That’s the goal for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools and Panhandle Health District: to make it easier for students, their families and the community to get the COVID vaccine.

“It’s just good to see they don’t have to take time away from school to travel, to go across town. They have very busy schedules, so if they’re interested in taking advantage of the opportunity, certainly, we’re going to excuse them from class so they can come down and get their first shot,” said Scott Maben, the director of communications at Coeur d’Alene Public Schools.

Senior Joshua Turner took advantage of that. He got excused from class and stepped out for 20 minutes to roll up his sleeve and get vaccinated.

“I wanted the safety and security. I also didn’t really want to have to wear a mask everywhere,” Turner said.

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Currently, the school district has three different schools, and certain grade levels, under a mask mandate because of an increase in COVID cases. Otherwise, masks are strongly recommended in its other buildings.

If students want to get the COVID vaccine, people under the age of 18 in the school district do not need to have their parents with them to get vaccinated. However, parents do need to sign a consent form and the student has to bring that with them to the clinic.

With the CDC and FDA just approving the Pfizer vaccine for kids 12 to 15, the school district plans to have more vaccination clinics in its middle schools in the coming weeks.

This Friday, both Coeur d’Alene High and Venture High will have vaccination clinics, too and anyone, not just students, can make an appointment to get them. For more information on when and where you can get a COVID shot at a Coeur d’Alene school, click here.

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