School districts to hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Pueblo high schools

Joe McQueen
The Pueblo Chieftain

Pueblo County School District 70 and Pueblo School District 60 are partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to vaccinate students, parents, and other members of the community.

FEMA plans to open vaccination clinics at high schools in both districts.

At the local high schools, students ages 16 and older will be able to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Students under 18 will need a waiver signed by their parents and have their parents present when receiving the vaccine.

"We plan to bring at least 250 vaccines to each event. We watch registrations to see how many are coming through and whether or not we need to expand," said Julie Brooks, external affairs officer at FEMA Region 8, who will run the clinics.

D70 plans to hold vaccination clinics at three of its high schools for the remainder of the month.

  • Pueblo West High School, 4-9 p.m. April 20
  • Rye High School, 4-9 p.m. April 21
  • Pueblo County High School, 4-9 p.m. April 27

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The district encourages people to register early because space and the number of doses will be limited.

If parents and others from the community decide to register, FEMA will be able to provide more vaccine doses if necessary.

"We definitely want parents to get vaccinated along with students. That's how we will keep promoting immunity within the community so school sports can be back and their summer can be back," Brooks said.

People can log onto Centura Health's website to register, then choose their school.

D60 will also hold vaccination clinics in the near future. The district plans to host sites at Central, Centennial and possibly East high schools for nearly eight weeks.

Students ages 16 and older, as well as their parents, will be able to be vaccinated at the clinics.

For more information regarding dates and times of D60's upcoming vaccine clinics, go to D60's website, pueblod60.org.

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Chieftain Education Reporter Joe McQueen can be reached at jmcqueen@gannett.com or on Twitter: @jmcqueennews