Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to host COVID-19 vaccine clinics for those age 12+ this weekend

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 6:12 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Seven Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics for students and community members age 12 years and older this weekend.

The community effort involves Atrium Health, Novant Health, the county health department and StarMed, among others.

All the clinics have a walk-in option, or you can schedule an appointment through the provider for that site. They clinics begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, except for South Mecklenburg High, which opens an hour earlier. Appointments can also be made by calling 980-314-9400.

“Anyone ages 12 and up including students, staff, parents, families and community members may take advantage of this opportunity,” CMS says.

Medical Director Dr. Meg Sullivan says the county and school district is working together to make this a success.

“We are working with CMS who is putting out releases, they’re sending out information to staff, send out district wide information to parents,” Dr. Sullivan said. “We also know our school health nurses are on site at schools, they’ve been very involved in the vaccine process.”

McClintock Middle School parent Keishana Lowe says she’s not sure if her family will get the vaccine.

”Maybe, maybe I will to make the world better,” Lowe said. “But I don’t know.”

She does think it’s a good idea for the school to host this event for families who want it and for school nurses to answer questions students might have.

”They’ll talk about it and maybe change their mind,” she said.

McClintock Middle School parent Jonathan Evans says it makes sense.

”I think it would be convenient,” he said. “I think it’s a good idea.”

Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use for those age 12 to 15, so it will be offered at each site.

Dr. Sullivan also said the county will also offer the Johnson and Johnson shot at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology for those 18 and older.

Of the more than 10,000 doses administered last week, 39-percent were for kids between 12 and 17 years old, according to health leaders.

Here is a list of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools vaccination events happening this Saturday, May 22:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools vaccination events
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools vaccination events(CMS | CMS)

Mecklenburg County residents who need assistance with transportation to a vaccine clinic can contact Mecklenburg Transportation System at 980-314-7600. For RideUnited call 844-771-RIDE.

Click here for other clinics providing the Pfizer vaccine.

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