The Walla Walla School District announced Wednesday Nov. 3rd with the approval of at least one Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11, they plan to set up vaccination clinics in schools.

According to the District:

"The recent announcement from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11 has prompted Walla Walla Public Schools to partner with the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health to offer voluntary vaccine clinics in schools to district students. These clinics are tentative until final approval from the Washington State Department of Health. Students ages 5-11 are typically in grades kindergarten to 6."

The District went on to say that parental approval is required, and more information has been sent to District parents. The information release went on to say:

"Students in grades K-5 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at the school while vaccines are administered. Sixth grade students may get vaccinated with written parent consent only."

That last line kind of got our attention,  written parent consent (without a parent being present?)  wonder if notarizing it might ensure that a child won't get the idea of filling it out and getting a shot without parental involvement? A bit of a stretch perhaps, but this practice will certainly get people's attention.

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It's a move that's expected to be mirrored at other Districts in our region and around the state.

The clinics are expected to begin offering the vaccines as early as November 9th.

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