St. Louis County to hold Pfizer vaccine clinic for Iron Range students Thursday

Schoolchildren aged 16 and over and their families can arrange a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Eveleth on Thursday.

St. Louis County Public Health will be offering the Pfizer vaccine at the clinic on Thursday. The Pfizer vaccine is approved for people aged 16 and over, while the Moderna vaccine is only approved for people aged 18 and over. The district’s more permanent vaccination center in Eveleth offers the Moderna vaccine.

“The clinic is being offered to make it as easy as possible for students to get vaccinated now to minimize the risk of having their graduation, sports playoff competitions, and other activities and celebrations in late spring or summer Quarantine and have to miss, “a press release from St. Louis County said.

The clinic takes place from 1pm to 6.30pm at the Eveleth Curling Club, 901 Hat Trick Ave. instead of. To make an appointment, visit stlouiscountymn.gov/vaccineregistration. Walk-ins are accepted at the clinic, but registration is recommended as per the press release.

Amy Westbrook, director of the public health department, said in the press release that the county is working with schools and other community groups to remove barriers that could prevent people from being vaccinated.

“That’s why we offer this clinic after school and in the evenings, and that’s why we allow walk-in appointments,” Westbrook said. “Many of the student athletes we want to reach have games or exercises that day that may be difficult to plan. That’s why we’re also allowing walk-in appointments to try to accommodate everyone better.”

The 16- and 17-year-olds have to visit the vaccination clinic with a parent or legal guardian, as they have to sign a consent form. Exceptions are people between the ages of 16 and 17 who live separately from a guardian and manage their own finances, are married or have had a child.

Teens and young adults have made up the majority of the people in the county who tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. Last week, 27% of cases in the county were in people ages 5 to 19, the county said.

People are considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving the final vaccine dose. At this point, people do not need to be quarantined if exposed to COVID-19 unless they develop symptoms.

The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine is needed three weeks after the first, while the two doses of Moderna are given four weeks apart. Those who get their first dose of vaccine on Thursday should get their second dose around May 13th so they’ll be fully vaccinated by May 27th.

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