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Central Point school to offer child vaccine clinic

Saturday clinic will vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds
Photo by Denise BarattaA family lines up at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for kids last Thursday at Talent Elementary School. Another shot clinic for 5- to 11-year-olds will be held Saturday at Central Point High.

The Central Point School District announced a child coronavirus vaccine clinic will be held at one of its schools this weekend.

The Pfizer-BioNTecch shots for 5- to 11-year-olds will be available in the gymnasium of Crater High School, 655 N. Third St., Central Point, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 20, according to Superintendent Walt Davenport. The vaccinations are free, but are available to that age group only.

“Our goal is to continue to keep our schools open, healthy and accessible for all students,” Davenport wrote in a message on the district’s website. “We have been able to work to meet this goal through patience, perseverance and the creative efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents. ... As we move forward this year, let’s continue to work together to keep our schools open and [serve] our children.”

The clinic will be offered by La Clinica, which held a vaccination clinic for 5- to 11-year-olds last week at Talent Elementary School.

La Clinica has a number of school-based health centers, where kids can get the coronavirus vaccine outside of designated clinic events. Davenport encouraged families to call 541-618-1300 to schedule those appointments.

Davenport said any medical questions about the vaccines should be directed to a child health provider. He also referred constituents to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority.