Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Partnership with Schools
Resource Topic: Special and Vulnerable Populations
Resource Subtopic: COVID-19.
Keywords: Adolescents and Youth, Immunization, School Health Services.
Year Developed: 2021
Resource Type: Publication
Primary Audience: Clinicians
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff
School-Based Health Alliance
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Resource Summary: With the approval and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for adolescents 12 and older, community health centers strategically partnered with schools to get students vaccinated. The School-Based Health Alliance interviewed three community health centers about their innovations and promising practices to promote, educate about, and implement adolescent COVID-19 vaccination clinics in partnerships with schools. Each health system worked closely with the school district to conduct the vaccination clinics on school property or provide transportation to sites in the Spring of 2021.
Resource Details: Pressed to meet the needs of this public health emergency and the school year timeline, these partnering health centers in Oregon, Indiana, and New Hampshire moved quickly to ramp up their staffing, collect parental/guardian consents, conduct school site visits, educate families, and administer the vaccine before the summer break. The School-Based Health Alliance presents the case studies for inspiring promising practices for school-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics in a K-12 setting: Mosaic Medical, HealthLinc Community Health Center, and Coos County Family Health Services. The need to build these relationships between schools and community health centers continues to grow as the country prepares for the imminent release of the vaccine for students ages 5-12.