Caddo Schools are Offering Crucial COVID Vaccine to Students 16+
We've all seen the age requirement to get the precious COVID-19 vaccine drop steadily since they were approved for emergency use back in December of last year. To me, that signifies two key things: First, we have been faithfully getting the shot(s) in hopes that we could emerge from this worldwide, public health and economy-destroying pandemic. Secondly, we would eventually (in theory) get to school age children and possibly lower.
It's that second part that has me, as a parent, the most concerned. I got the vaccine, so I obviously believe that this is the best path to keeping our state, nation, and planet healthy. Naturally, I want that same protection for my kids. Most states have now dropped the age requirement to 16 years-old. My kids are 12 and 3, so we're not quite there yet - but we're getting close for my oldest.
Since keeping kids safe from infection is so tricky in the school environment as they are considered "super-spreaders," school administrators in Caddo Parish have decided to fix this problem by offering the vaccine in the one place they know for sure kids can get it - in the schools themselves.
According to KSLA, officials from the Caddo Parish School District kicked off their effort today by hosting a crew from LSU Health Shreveport at C.E. Byrd High School. The healthcare professionals were administering the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine (the only one approved for emergency use for kids this age) on a completely optional basis. That means that students with their parents or guardians permission (which staffers verify by phone) can now get the shot at school.