OCPS to offer COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5 and older beginning next week

Parents or guardians must accompany children and sign the Department of Health's consent form.


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Orange County Public Schools has officially announced its participation in administering COVID-19 vaccines for ages 5 and older. 

OCPS sent out an email to parents on Wednesday, Nov. 3, announcing the update. 

The decision comes only a day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention signed off on BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old, which we told you about here

Health Hero Florida, a partner of OCPS, will begin offering clinics next week so students can be fully vaccinated and protected against COVID by the Winter Break holidays, according to the OCPS announcement. 

The walk-up events will be open to all OCPS families as well as to anyone who needs a vaccine or booster. 

Parents or guardians must accompany children and sign the Department of Health's consent form.

Children will receive the two-dose Pfizer vaccine, but all other brands and boosters will be available for others.

"We hope our parents and entire community will seriously consider this opportunity to vaccinate their children, and that if they have questions they will consult their child’s medical provider," an OCPS spokesperson said. 

First dose locations will run from Tuesday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 13. 

Some West Orange schools included in the first-dose locations are Ocoee High School, Dr. Phillips High School, Windermere High School and Horizon High School. 

The full list of first-dose locations can be found here

Second-dose locations are to be announced in the near future. 

 

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Annabelle Sikes

News Editor Annabelle Sikes was born in Boca Raton and moved to Orlando in 2018 to attend the University of Central Florida. She graduated from UCF in May 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in sociology. Her past journalism experiences include serving as a web producer at the Orlando Sentinel, a reporter at The Community Paper, managing editor for NSM Today, digital manager at Centric Magazine and as an intern for the Orlando Weekly.

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