West Hartford Public Schools holds clinic to get COVID vaccine to students 16 and up

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds of teens are rolling up their sleeves in Farmington. It’s part of a partnership with schools in West Hartford to vaccinate students.

KO Senior Eden Nenshati has been eager to get vaccinated against COVID-19

“The opportunities that await post vaccine and being fully vaccinated are kind of endless,” said
Eden Nenshati, Kingswood Oxford.

He’s one of 400 West Hartford students rolling up their sleeves at UConn Health. Wednesday marks day one of a two-day clinic giving 16 and 17-year-olds the Pfizer vaccine, the only brand approved for them.

“I know the majority of the community from where I go to school they all just want this to be over. It won’t be over but they want to get vaccinated really bad,” said Nenshati.

UConn Health is also partnering to vaccinate children here in town as well as student at the American School for the Deaf.

“And also, the Highland school district out in Storrs. We’ve been working very closely with them and partnering to bring in high schools to get kids vaccinated,” said Anne Horbatuck, VP Ambulatory Services, UConn Health.

More than 80 percent of Connecticut adults 65 and older have been vaccinated. But that number drops to just over 20 percent for 16 and 17-year-olds.

“One of the thing that we are going to focus on is this younger population to get them in, get them vaccinated to get herd immunity,” said Horbatuck.

Sixteen and seventeen year olds do need a guardian with them. West Hartford students will be back there on Saturday for part two of this clinic.

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