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More students in Hopkins Co. have a chance to get vaccinated

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 5:45 AM CDT
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HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - More kids will be rolling up their sleeves this week in Hopkins County.

Starting Tuesday, May 18, students 12 and up in Hopkins County schools can get vaccinated if they bring a signed permission slip.

The health department is traveling to schools, giving students 12 and up a chance to get their shot.

This is a big step forward for Hopkins County Schools.

The school district says parents received information and consent forms last week.

Students who bring their permission slip signed this week will be scheduled for a vaccine that same day.

The Pfizer vaccine was given emergency approval last week for ages 12 to 15.

The CDC released some new guidance for schools that are getting their children vaccinated at the end of the year.

They say schools should keep using masks until the end of the year because not all students will be vaccinated.

The school year is about to end, but Hopkins County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Dr. April Devine says it’ll help with attendance in the upcoming school year.

“Being able to offer this for our students 12 and up is a good thing for our students and our families because it will offer our students to be able to stay in school just to maintain their good attendance,” Devine said.

They’ll be able to stay in school this fall because the CDC says you don’t have to quarantine if exposed after your second dose.

“That means their school attendance will no longer be impacted, that they will still be able to participate in any activities, and they won’t get pulled out of athletics anymore,” Devine said. “So that’s a good thing for our kids and good thing for our families.”

Schools will have a three week summer program right after the school year ends, keeping school buildings open allowing kids to come back for their second dose.

If you can’t make it there, students can get their second dose at the health department.

Hopkins County Schools say vaccinating kids can help school get back to normal for parents, teachers and students, adding that children did well in the clinical vaccine trials.

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