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Columbus City Schools Offer COVID-19 Vaccines To Students 16-Years-Old And Up

A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020.
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A phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Royal Victoria Hospital, in Belfast, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020.

Columbus City Schools will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccines on Monday to students old enough to qualify for the shots.

The district has set up clinics this week at four high schools to serve kids age 16-years-old and up. Today and Thursday Whetstone and Beechcroft High will host the program, and deputy superintendent John Stanford says eligible students from another eight schools will be bussed in for shots.

“Bus pick up and returns will happen between 8-8:30 in the morning and 1pm. This will allow our students to be back at their schools in order for them to be transported back home that afternoon,” Stanford told school board members at a meeting last week.

Similar clinics are scheduled for Tuesday and Friday and Briggs and Independence high schools.

“At this point in time we have over 8,200 students that are eligible to receive the vaccine in Columbus City Schools,” Stanford said.

All told, the district will have 6,000 vaccine doses available through the week thanks to a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Columbus Public Health.