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District working with Lee Health to offer COVID-19 vaccine to kids, teens

By MEGHAN BRADBURY - | May 27, 2021

The School District of Lee County voted unanimously Tuesday to continue working with Lee Health to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to children and teens.

Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins said the second amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding is to allow Lee Health to provide COVID vaccines to students and staff members.

“It’s completely voluntary. They have been excellent partners and really have done a great job in helping us through the pandemic,” he said.

The school district entered into an initial agreement with Lee Health to provide COVID-19 rapid testing in November.

With the new amendment, Lee Health will administer COVID-19 youth vaccinations, pursuant to CDC guidelines. The agreement became effective n May 26 and will run through the summer months until both Lee Health and the school district decide to terminate the initiative.

Lee Health will provide a pediatric ambulance, which will act as the mobile unit for the vaccination site, while the school district will provide the locations, both outdoor, and indoor space in case of weather. In addition an indoor space will also be provided for the 15 minutes of observation after the COVID-19 vaccination is administered.

In addition, Lee Health will have a team of healthcare professionals, which will include one emergency medical technician, one customer service representative, one pharmacist, one pharmacy technician and two registered nurses to administer the vaccinations. They will also provide the necessary forms and waivers, tables, chairs and writing instruments for the vaccine.