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Ashland schools to offer COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Partnering with Rogue Community Health, the Ashland School District will offer a pediatric coronavirus vaccination clinic next week for students ages 5-11.

The first event will be held Dec. 15, and the second will be Jan. 5, both occurring from 3-6 p.m. in the Helman Elementary School cafeteria. The clinics are free, and no insurance is needed.

Jackson County is reporting new COVID-19 cases.

The vaccines, from Pfizer, are administered in two doses weeks apart, hence the need for multiple clinics. The COVID-19 vaccine offered by the pharmaceutical company Pfizer-BioNTech is the only coronavirus vaccine available to the 5-11 age group, according to the CDC.

To minimize the amount of time people spend at the clinic and reduce the workload for staff, the district is recommending that before the event, participants should fill out an online form, found at https://roguech.jotform.com/213344844441049. There will be an additional questionnaire for participants once they arrive at the clinic.

The district advised that children with no history of anaphylaxis will need to wait in the gym for 15 minutes following the vaccination. Children who have experienced anaphylaxis in the past (reactions to foods, insect bites, etc.) will need to wait 30 minutes, the district said.

Those unable to attend the clinic can attend another one on from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at Kids Unlimited Academy, 821 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. The sign-up form to attend can be found at https://jacksoncountyor.org/hhs/COVID-19/Vaccine-Appointments/mobile-vaccination-clinics.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.