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Health Update: Student COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics - 2nd Dose

The communication below provides important information from the Public Schools of Brookline. Translated versions are available at the following links:

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff:

We are writing with some important Covid-19 related updates.  In conjunction with Pelmeds Pharmacy, we have vaccinated over 400 students at the clinics held at our schools. You may now sign your student (age 12 or older) up for their 2nd Pfizer Covid vaccine, please see the links below.

BHS on Thursday, June 10th 2:30-6:00 pm 
Brookline High School calendly URL:  
https://calendly.com/pelmeds5/brookline-high-school?month=2021-06

 

Baker School on Wednesday, June 16th 12:30-4:30 pm
Brookline Baker School calendly URL:

https://calendly.com/pelmeds5/baker-school-brookline?month=2021-06

FRR on Friday, June 18th from 2:30-6:00 pm
Brookline Ridley School calendly URL:

https://calendly.com/pelmeds5/brookline-ridley-school?month=2021-06

 

Students who have already received their first dose of the Pfizer series at another location are welcome to register for the second vaccine at one of these clinics as long as there has been at least 3 weeks between doses. If your student has not received the first vaccine, and are at least 12 years old, you may sign them up for one of our clinics. However, you will be responsible for finding the location for the 2nd vaccine.

You can locate vaccine sites across Massachusetts on mass.gov. to schedule an appointment or find sites that take walk-ins.

As with the first vaccine clinic, you must print and sign the consent form and have the student bring the paper copy to the vaccine clinic. The consent is attached in case you have difficulty accessing the online consent. Parent or Guardian signatures are required for any students under the age of 18.  All students will be vaccinated free of charge regardless of insurance coverage. If insured please enter insurance information in the online registration. Once registered online there is no need to bring an insurance card to the clinic.

Last pooled testing in schools on June 9th

PSB will continue with student and staff pooled testing this week and next, with the last date of testing on June 9th. Prior to this week (6/1) we had processed 24,710 student and staff tests. We were happy to provide this DESE-sponsored testing program to our staff and families. While we didn't believe the testing was necessary for safety at school, we believe it did provide important reassurance to staff and families that our mitigation efforts were effective.

We have had a total of 3 positive pools, two in early March and one in mid-April. We continued with the testing program as we decreased distancing in schools, and as students were allowed to be outside without masks, without distancing. We have been encouraged by our continued extremely low positivity rates (0.02%).

We have not had a positive pool in the last 8 weeks. Additionally, our cases of Covid-19 in the schools have decreased significantly, similar to the rates in our surrounding community. Please see our Dashboard for more information: COVID-19 District Dashboard.

As noted above, we have vaccinated over 400 of our students, and our data shows that approximately 75% of our high school students have received at least one Covid-19 vaccination.

We will not offer pooled testing for the PSB summer programs. We will stay informed of recommendations by DESE and the CDC for the next school year. At this time we are not planning on continued pooled testing.

DESE has advised that through the end of the 2020-2021 school year, including summer programs, districts follow the core mitigation strategies (with the exception of outdoor masking) that have been in place for in-person learning.

We have appreciated your partnership and diligence as we navigated this most challenging school year.

Sincerely,

PSB Student Health Services