District to make Covid-19 vaccine available to students


Photo by Jack Rockwood

Students board the bus to Westerville central to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Jack Rockwood, Reporter

On March 29 an email was sent out to parents announcing that Covid-19 vaccines would be available for students 16 years and older at all three highschools.

According to a follow up email from the district on April 5, there are 1,000 Pfizer vaccines available, which will be split up to roughly 333 doses per high school.

This follow up email also states that consent forms must be turned into the main office no later than 3 p.m. on April 7 to be eligible to receive the first dose on either Friday, April 9, or Monday, April 12.

Also according to the district email, the second dose of the vaccine will be administered on Friday, April 30, and Monday, May 3. Students will be transported to and from Central High School throughout the school day on all four days to receive their vaccines.

According to principal Mike Hinze, there will be three busses on rotation going to and from Central. The first bus will leave South at 9:15 a.m., and the last bus will return to South at 12:30 p.m.

 The email also states that vaccines will be allocated on a first come first serve basis to students who turn in their consent forms first. Students who will be getting vaccinated on the dates above were notified via email of their day, bus, and time on the morning of April 8.

This clinic will be held at Central, through a partnership with Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Hinze reported. Other central Ohio districts also have a partnership with NHC to get their students vaccinated, Hinze added.

Hinze also confirmed with the district office that the vaccine will be free to all students who get it.