A COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 18 will be set up at the Lisbon Community School gymnasium on January 6 and 7.
To prepare for the clinic, the Lisbon School Department is conducting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic survey for families.
“We have been encouraged by the Ministry of Education to share any vaccine-related information with our families to provide additional options for them to consider,” said Lisbon School Department Superintendent Richard Green. “We think planning a local vaccination clinic for our families would be practical and helpful.”
Julie Nichols, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at the Lisbon school department, said she was conducting the survey to provide a structured clinic and find out how many children to expect.
“We aim to have six children vaccinated per hour, so knowing how many families want to participate allows us to schedule the right number of afternoons and evenings,” Nichols said.
Nichols added that they don’t hold daytime clinics out of respect for families who don’t want their children exposed to this experience and to help school nurses focus on day-to-day operations.
The school department is working with public health nursing, coordinated by the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to set up the clinic.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved vaccine shots for children ages 5 to 11 on November 2.
As of December 1, 323,636 children ages 5 to 11 were fully immunized across the country, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of December 1, 29,594 children ages 5 to 11 and 157,439 children ages 12 to 19 were fully immunized in Maine. While 27,416 children ages 5 to 11 received their first dose of vaccine, 2,178 children received their second dose, according to the Maine COVID-19 Immunization Dashboard.
Cumberland County has recorded the highest vaccination rate with 10,806 children ages 5-11 fully vaccinated so far, Androscoggin County has 1,698 children vaccinated and Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties respectively 930 and 918 children fully vaccinated.
Staff of the Lisbon School Service who have not been vaccinated and who wish to do so can also be vaccinated at the clinic.
The first doses of the vaccine will be administered from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., January 6 and 7, with the second doses being administered on January 27 and 28.
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