The Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services Sent A Joint Letter to School Officials
Dear School Health Partners,
The Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a joint letter to school officials yesterday. The Departments urged school officials to (1) host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at their school(s), (2) distribute information about the COVID-19 vaccine to all families with children ages 5–11 years, and (3) hold conversations with their school communities on the COVID-19 vaccine.
We will share more information and updated websites relating to school-located vaccination in a follow-up email later this week, including updates to this webpage with best practices for school districts on how to host a clinic. The guidance will provide information on roles and responsibilities for conducting the clinic, picking a date and location, conducting outreach, and hosting the clinic itself. It will also include the following best practices on how to partner with a COVID-19 vaccine provider.
How to partner with a COVID-19 vaccine provider:
Vaccine providers include local health departments, community health centers, pediatric clinics, pharmacies, children’s hospitals, and other medical providers. For help with the identification of an appropriate vaccine provider:
- First, consider partnering with providers you have used for flu vaccination clinics, providers your school district used for adolescent COVID-19 vaccination clinics or contact your local health department regarding potential partners.
- You can also visit Vaccines.gov to identify vaccine providers near you, and you may contact pharmacies to request if they have the ability to support a vaccination clinic.
- If your school district cannot find a vaccine provider using the steps outlined above, you may request to be matched by the CDC to a pharmacy in your area, if they have the ability to support a vaccination clinic. To start this matching process, school districts will need to complete a form online. This form, and additional information on the process, will be available on cdc.gov later this week.
The following links provide additional information about pediatric COVID-19 vaccination and school-located vaccination clinics.
- COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 5-11 Years Old | CDC
- COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens | CDC
- Considerations for Planning School-Located Vaccination Clinics | CDC
- Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools | CDC
- Guide to On-Site Vaccination Clinics for School | WECANDOTHIS.HHS.GOV
- Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC
Pediatric Vaccine Readiness and Implementation Team | Vaccine Task Force
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)