Wayzata School District Hosts COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
At Minnesota’s largest high school, officials from the Wayzata School District transformed one of its gyms into a makeshift clinic on Wednesday.
“The flow has been very smooth,” said Dawn Willson, supervisor of health services for Wayzata Schools. “Very little waiting.”
Very little waiting at Wayzata High School for Pfizer’s version of the COVID-19 vaccine, which the FDA announced earlier this month could be administered to children between the ages of 12 to 15.
Wayzata freshman Greta Becker, 15, was one of many who jumped at the opportunity.
“I think for sure I was kind of like, as soon as I can get it I’ll get it, just for the sake of the people around me,” Becker said. “And I have a parent who actually has diabetes, so it’s just like another precaution in order to keep that safe.”
Safety, along with returning to a pre-pandemic way of life, was on the minds of the kids who signed up for this vaccination clinic.
“I think it’s great because then we have less chance of getting COVID,” said Arab Mahajan, a 12 year old student from Wayzata West Middle School.
The district partnered with Community Care Clinics of Minnesota to make this free, two-day event possible for anyone who’s interested.
Vaccine in high demand for adolescents
Local health officials say the vaccine clinic is coming at a good time.
“There’s a shift,” said Willson. “We’re now seeing that more of our students, especially our adolescents, are testing positive [for COVID-19]. And so because of that, there’s very much a demand for vaccinations in this age group.”
Many of the students rolled up their sleeves and got their shots with no issues whatsoever.
But a few were a little more apprehensive and required some reassuring words before getting poked.
All told, the district expects about 2,000 people to get their vaccinations over the course of this two-day clinic, which take place at Wayzata High School and Central Middle School. Then everyone will come back again on June 9 and 10 to get their second shots.