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COVID-19 vaccines given at FCPS high schools

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 10:08 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - COVID-19 vaccinations were given at all six FCPS high schools on Tuesday.

It’s through a partnership between Fayette County Public Schools, the City of Lexington, and Wild Health.

Officials from Wild Health administered doses of the Pfizer vaccine to those 16 and up.

The shots were open to students, their families, and staff members. Mayor Linda Gorton and interim superintendent Marlene Helm called it a good day for the community.

“We have nearly 1,000 people signed up for vaccinations at our six high schools and I think that’s fantastic,” Mayor Linda Gorton said.

Students attending special programs can also sign up to get vaccinated and will be given an excused absence.

Paul Laurence Dunbar senior Teqeila Plunkett didn’t hesitate to roll up her sleeve but said some of her classmates are on the fence about getting a vaccine.

“It’s because it’s new and they don’t quite know if they can trust it or not,” Plunkett said.

This is just a one-day clinic, but school officials say the way it’s timed out, students will have both shots before the summer break.

“The reason it was so impressed for us to work with Wild Health was to ensure that we will be able to offer the second dose before the end of the school year,” said Marlene Helm, interim superintendent.

Some students tell us they’re looking forward to the fun and excitement and hopefully getting back to a sense of normalcy.

“Hopefully we can go back to normal and not have to wear a mask anymore and be able to travel and see our families and stuff again,” Plunkett said.

The second shot will be administered at the high schools on May 18.

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