ICCSD announces COVID-19 vaccination clinics for 5-11-year-olds

Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Matt Degner alerted families via email on Nov. 3 regarding information about vaccination clinics at multiple elementary schools throughout the district.

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As of Nov. 3, 5-11-year-olds are now eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after the FDA and CDC approved it for emergency use in this younger age group.

“We are pleased to partner with the Visiting Nurses Association to hold walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students ages 5-11 at ten of our elementary schools.  A parent/guardian must be present for a child to receive the vaccine,” Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Matt Degner explained in his email to staff and parents on Nov. 3.

Ten elementary schools across the district will have vaccination clinics at the days and times listed below:

Grant Elementary (1000 Centro Way, North Liberty)
Nov. 8, 3:15-6:00 pm

Weber Elementary (3850 Rohret Rd., Iowa City)
Nov. 8, 3:15-6:00 pm

Kirkwood Elementary (1401 9th St., Coralville)
Nov. 9, 3:15-6:00 pm

Alexander Elementary (3571 Sycamore St., Iowa City)
Nov. 10, 3:15-6:00 pm

Hoover Elementary (1355 Barrington Rd., Iowa City)
Nov. 11, 2:15-6:00 pm

Garner Elementary (80 Birch St., North Liberty)
Nov. 15, 3:15-6:00 pm

Shimek Elementary (1400 Grissel Pl., Iowa City)
Nov. 15, 3:15-6:00 pm

Lemme Elementary (3100 E. Washington St., Iowa City)
Nov. 16, 3:15-6:00 pm

Horn Elementary (600 Koser Ave., Iowa City)
Nov. 17, 3:15-6:00 pm

Twain Elementary (1355 DeForest Ave., Iowa City)
Nov. 18, 2:15-6:00 pm

“Please note, vaccine availability may be limited depending on the doses allocated to each site from Johnson County Public Health.  Each of these clinics will be providing vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 only due to the fact that the vaccine dose for this age group is different from the dosage for individuals 12 and over. We appreciate the collaboration of the VNA as resources remain limited. With only one nurse administering the vaccinations at each site, please be patient and courteous as visits could take longer than expected,” Degner said in his email.

For individuals seeking information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the JCPHMercy, or UI Health Care vaccine information websites.  Specific information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and children can also be found here: COVID-19 vaccines for your child | University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.