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Vaccine clinics to be held for Anne Arundel County public schools students, teachers and staff

Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the county health department will host vaccine clinics for students 16 and older and school staff at 12 high schools around the region this May.

The clinics will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on May 12, May 19 and May 26 and will use Pfizer’s vaccine, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in people 16 and older.

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“By making these vaccinations easily available for our students, the Department of Health and AACPS are helping remove a critical barrier to access while encouraging our youth to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said in a statement Tuesday.

Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said every comprehensive high school will offer a clinic, except for Crofton High School, Chesapeake Science Point and the Phoenix Academy. Any AACPS student or staff member can attend any clinic, he said.

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In a statement, Superintendent George Arlotto said the system wants to provide a vaccine to every person who wants one. The vaccine is not required to work for AACPS or to attend class, and the clinics are optional.

Right now, high school students participating in hybrid learning two days a week are divided into two groups, some coming to school Monday and Tuesday and others coming to school Thursday and Friday.

Wednesdays have been used to clean school buildings between those groups, and now an opportunity to be vaccinated also falls in that window.

Guardians will receive information on registering, which also includes giving consent for the inoculation, Mosier said. Registration information is posted at www.aacps.org/covidclinics. The second doses will take place at the same school as the first, and a scheduling email will be sent to the address the student or staff member registered with.

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On Monday, the New York Times reported that the Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for use in children as young as 12 by early next week.

The Maryland Department of Health says 38,000 people younger than 19 have been fully vaccinated, and 103,000 have received their first dose. There are 2 million Marylanders of all ages fully vaccinated.

Earlier this year AACPS and the Anne Arundel County Fire Department hosted a series of vaccine clinics for teachers and staff where approximately 7,200 employees were vaccinated, Mosier said. He said the district is not requiring teachers to report if they have been vaccinated elsewhere.

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