Following outpouring of interest, Hopkinton to host vaccine clinic for students 12 and older

  • Hopkinton High School was ranked as the number one New Hampshire high school by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row, April 21, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

Monitor staff
Published: 5/13/2021 4:47:36 PM

Hopkinton School District will be hosting a vaccine clinic next week, for students and community members ages 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccinations will take place May 21 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Maple Street School, where employees from Rite Aid pharmacy will be administering the Pfizer vaccine, the only vaccine currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for children ages 12-18. There will be a follow-up clinic June 11 for students to receive the second dose.

The clinic was announced to families in a school newsletter Tuesday, and by Thursday about 90-100 families had already indicated interest in participating, according to superintendent Steve Chamberlin, which is well above the 50-student minimum that was required to hold the clinic.

Parents or guardians need to accompany their children to the event for both doses. Although Hopkinton school nurses won’t be administering the shots, they will be there coordinating and assisting at the clinic.

“It will be nice to have a friendly face working with the kids on their shots,” Chamberlin said.

The clinic is intended for Hopkinton families, but Chamberlin said Thursday that it is open to anyone age 12 and older, including adults and students who aren’t in the public school district, as long as they sign up in advance to attend.

“We will make it as wide open as we can,” Chamberlin said. “We want to provide an opportunity for anybody.”

People can sign up by contacting the school nurses at Maple Street School or Hopkinton Middle High School.

Eileen O

Eileen O'Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.

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