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ACPS laying the groundwork for in-school vaccination

In a community update yesterday (Thursday), ACPS staff said they’re starting to make progress on plans to vaccinate students in-school.

Currently vaccination is only available for children ages 12 and above. Julie Crawford, chief of Student Services and Equity, said at a meeting yesterday that the teenager category has been one of the most thoroughly vaccinated age groups in the city. Crawford said ACPS is getting ready to offer in-school vaccination as a prelude for when vaccination is allowed for the younger age group.

“Children could be vaccinated on-site during the school day,” Crawford said. “We want to get that up and running as soon as possible, so we can have that up and ready for those below 12 as quickly as possible.”

Crawford said vaccination would only be offered to students with parental consent.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the company is hoping to release clinical trial data on the vaccine for children under 12 by the end of October with Pfizer seeking vaccine authorization sometime in November.