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GIPS planning COVID19 vaccination clinic for students 18 and older

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(Grand Island, NE) - Parents of Grand Island Public Schools students were informed Wednesday of an upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinic that will be offered for Grand Island Senior High School students.

Seniors and GIPS students who are at least 18 years old will have the opportunity to receive the Pfizer vaccine next week.

“The Central District Health Department and GIPS are working together to provide the vaccine,” said Dr. Robin Dexter, GIPS associate superintendent for student services. “As soon as we were made aware of vaccine availability for students, we put plans in motion.”

Vaccinations will only be administered to students 18 years and older. Parents of all students under 19 must provide consent and return signed consent forms to the school indicating they accept the vaccination option. If at any time parents change their minds about having their children vaccinated, they can withdraw consent.

“This represents a significant step forward for our community,” said GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover. “We have long said that safety is our highest priority. We thank CDHD for its continued support as we promote safe learning environments for our students and staff.”

A vaccination clinic at GISH has been scheduled for April 9. CDHD providers will administer the vaccine.

Anyone with questions about the vaccine or vaccination clinics is asked to call the Central District Health Department at 308-385-5175 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Children’s health care providers also can answer additional questions about the vaccine. 

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