Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS) has partnered with the Baltimore City Health Department to host vaccine clinics at the district office, providing an opportunity for eligible students, staff, and community members to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to Maryland Matters, the vaccine clinics were held on March 19 and 20 at the district office located on North Avenue. The clinics were open to all eligible individuals, including BCPS staff, students who are 16 years or older, and community members.
The clinics were part of BCPS’s ongoing efforts to promote vaccination and ensure the safety of its students and staff. In a statement, BCPS CEO Sonja Santelises said, “We are committed to providing access to vaccines for all eligible individuals in our school community. These clinics are just one example of our efforts to promote vaccination and keep our students and staff safe.”
The clinics were staffed by healthcare professionals from the Baltimore City Health Department, who administered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which is authorized for use in individuals who are 16 years or older. The clinics also provided information about the vaccine and answered any questions that individuals had.
BCPS has been working to promote vaccination among its students and staff for several months. In January, the district announced that it would require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. In February, BCPS partnered with Johns Hopkins Medicine to begin vaccinating teachers and school staff who were already working at in-person learning sites.
The district has also been working to ensure that eligible students have access to the vaccine. In March, BCPS announced that it would partner with the Baltimore City Health Department to hold vaccine clinics at select high schools, providing an opportunity for eligible students to get vaccinated.
As of March 21, more than 70% of BCPS staff had received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to a statement from the district. The district is continuing to promote vaccination and provide access to the vaccine to all eligible individuals in its school community.