Fairfax County Public Schools has announced that it will be providing free Covid-19 vaccination clinics at a variety of high schools across the county for students ages 12 and up. These vaccine clinics will be the second round of clinics provided by the county for students, after an overwhelming response by the community for the first set of clinics in May. These vaccine opportunities will take place across the county from June 1st through June 10th for students.
Students who sign up for the vaccine are assigned a clinic location to attend based on their current school and the proximity to a site. FCPS is also providing transportation to the vaccine clinics for the registered students from their base school. With approval from their parent or guardian, students will be vaccinated during normal school day hours after signing up through the Fairfax County Health Department. Virtual students are also allowed to sign up but will need to be dropped off at their base school to receive the FCPS transportation to the clinic. In-person students will continue about their normal school day before and after their vaccination appointments.
The FCPS website has a page about why some students are choosing to get vaccinated, run by the Office of Communication and Community Relations, titled “Ask Me Why”. Students on this page list their reasonings for deciding to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine. Pat, a 16-year-old from Westfield High School, told FCPS why he got vaccinated: “Because I want to keep my family safe,” he says. The current CDC guidelines state that everyone ages twelve and up is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and students seem to be eager to have their turn. The first round of vaccine clinics provided by the school system were extremely sought after, prompting the county to add more dates. Another Westfield student, Daw, shared her reasoning for getting the vaccine with the Ask Me Why campaign: “I see my grandparents often in person and don’t want to give them Covid,” says the 18-year-old.
After a successful first round of student vaccinations, FCPS’s second round of vaccination clinics has also seen high demand. Should all the vaccination sites be filled for students the days of June 1st to June 10th, the school system is referring families to other nearby vaccination sites to create an appointment for their children to get the shot locally.
The FCPS second round of vaccination clinics comes after an announcement that the commonwealth’s largest school district will return most students to its normal five-day school week in person for the fall of 2021, with students possibly having to provide a medical reason to stay virtual. FCPS is looking to keeping three feet of distance in school buildings between teachers and students in the fall, as the district heavily pushes for a return to normalcy amid a rise in vaccinations.
The vaccination clinics are as follows:
Tuesday, June 1, South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, 20191
Wednesday, June 2, Key Center, 6404 Franconia Road, Springfield, 22150
Thursday, June 3, McLean High School, 1633 Davidson Road, McLean, 22101
Friday, June 4, Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, 20151
Wednesday, June 9, West Springfield High School, 6100 Rolling Rd, Springfield, 22152
Thursday, June 10, Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church, 22042.