WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Teenagers in the Waterbury school district can start lining up to be vaccinated against COVID-19 Monday.
The school district is partnering with local hospitals Monday to vaccinate eligible high school students. A drive-thru clinic at Post University starts at 8 a.m. Monday morning and continues until 4 p.m.
Bob Sembiante, Events Dir. at Post University told News 8, “It’s a drive-up sight. It’s the simplest thing that could be. You don’t even have to get out of your car.”
Students will receive the Pfizer vaccine. It’s the only approved vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration for teenagers age 16 and up.
Susan Kuhla, Waterbury Hospital’s Clinical Coordinator said, “We opened 300 appointments today specifically for Waterbury schools as well as other high schools for the day.”
Michael Dane is one of the lucky students getting the vaccine Monday. He’s a senior at Holy Cross High School. He called the process at Post University quick and easy and vital to a safe and healthy prom and graduation.
“Of course, it’s not going to be your typical prom and graduation,” he said. “But I think that getting the shot, having kids get their shot, is going to make it a whole lot easier to have a good time.”
His mom, Diana, added, “He’s a senior going off to school in the fall. So, we’re really happy that he’s going to be protected, and it’s a start to a new normal.”
If want your child vaccinated they must be registered ahead of time. The vaccination will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students age 16 and 17 must be accompanied by a parent.
“It’s sort of the valley, those towns in yellow Waterbury with 69 cases per hundred thousand,” said Gov. Ned Lamont.
Post University won’t be the only sight where high schoolers can be vaccinated. A clinic will also be held at Waterbury Arts Magnet School on Tuesday Through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.
If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, call 877-918-2224.