April 7, 2021: County surveying high school families about possible vaccine clinic
On Wednesday, April 7, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District Superintendent Peter Smith sent the following letter via SchoolMessenger to J-D-High School families and staff.
Dear Jamesville-DeWitt High School Parents and Guardians,
As we continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I am pleased to inform you that the district is working with Onondaga County to gauge interest in a potential school-based vaccination clinic for eligible students.
As of April 6, New York state residents ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The district recognizes that the recent eligibility expansion means vaccine appointments may be challenging to secure, especially for students who have limited availability due to school, work and extracurricular commitments. In an effort to provide eligible students with timely access to the vaccine, the district is working with county officials to potentially host an on-campus vaccine clinic.
If you are interested in your eligible student (16 or older) receiving their vaccine at an on-campus vaccine clinic, please complete and submit this survey. The purpose of the survey is to gauge interest; it is not a pre-registration tool. A link to register for the vaccine will be sent at a later date if the county determines there is enough interest to host a clinic within our school community.
Individuals younger than 18 years old must have parental consent in order to be vaccinated. Priority scheduling would be given to 16- and 17-year-old students because vaccine access is limited for this age group. If the county does conduct a clinic at J-D, it would administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which is the only vaccine recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for this age group. The clinic would not be open to the public.
If you have a student who is 16 or older, please respond to the county’s survey by Friday, April 9. Thank you for your help in continuing to control the spread of COVID-19 within our schools and the greater community.