For the primary time, the Laredo Unbiased Faculty District provided COVID-19 vaccines to college students age 5-11 on Friday.

LISD can be administering the COVID-19 Pfizer pediatric vaccines without charge for eligible LISD college students.

Future COVID-19 clinics proceed by Friday, Nov. 20. LISD plans to schedule further clinics primarily based on vaccine availability.

College students can obtain their vaccine at their college with a guardian/guardian current.

Vanessa Salazar, the mom of a 5-year-old scholar at Mirabeau B. Lamar Center Faculty, was current and excited to have her youngster lastly vaccinated after the practically two-year pandemic.

“I believe we must always all observe the CDC pointers. It’s greatest for our youngsters, our group and total, our nation,” she mentioned. “It’s essential for all dad and mom to actually have a look at the information, take heed to our docs — not solely in our group however total, in our nation — and see that that is making a distinction. And the one method we’re going to get out of this pandemic is following and taking all of the precautions, and the vaccine is one in all them.

“We’ve got been counting the times, now we have been ready for CDC to present the approval or from Dr. Fauci … and right here we’re on the primary day that the district is doing the vaccines.”

Salazar says she is just not anxious about potential unwanted effects or reactions, similar to a light-weight fever or chills. She additionally encourages different dad and mom to return and get their youngsters vaccinated for everybody to have peace of thoughts when they’re within the classroom.

LISD Well being Companies Director Graciela Lopez defined the flu and COVID-19 vaccines may be co-administered, and they are going to be obtainable to youngsters at upcoming vaccine clinics.

“It’ll need to be in a unique arm,” she mentioned of the flu vaccine. “We do have our personal system of how we can be doing that, however the dad and mom will have to be current for the Pfizer vaccine. However these college students who their dad and mom are solely opting to do the flu vaccine, we’ll be calling them to remind them that.”

Dad and mom can convey their eligible youngsters to a different college to get their vaccine in case they’ve one other campus nearer to them.

“In the event that they’re not in a position to come to our websites, they take their youngsters to obtain the vaccine wherever it’s obtainable,” Lopez mentioned. “There are numerous websites all through town, simply hold a watch out on social media, hold a watch out on the information for extra info on areas that we’ll open up.”

Many dad and mom have been anticipating this vaccine because the college 12 months began, calling LISD for updates and data. This elevated in the course of the previous few weeks following the FDA approving the Pfizer vaccine. The anticipation for this second was clearly increase among the many area people because the wait for a lot of was lastly over as their youngsters obtained their first dose Friday.

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