Getting vaccinated and staying up to date with the COVID-19 booster shots is the best way to stay protected and protect your community. The CDC recommends that all teachers, staff, and eligible students be vaccinated as soon as possible. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to be administered to people ages 6 months and up.
Thriving Schools is here to support the community in getting vaccinated. Whether you need information on how the vaccine works, a toolkit to set up a school-based vaccine clinic, or resources in multiple languages to share with families, we have what you need.
COVID-19 vaccines are a key strategy for staying healthy at school:
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.
- For COVID-19, staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations is the leading public health strategy to prevent severe disease.
- COVID-19 vaccinations not only provide individual-level protection, but high vaccination coverage reduces the burden of COVID-19 on people, schools, healthcare systems, communities, and individuals who are not vaccinated or may not develop a strong immune response from the vaccines.
- Schools can play an important role in providing information and outreach to parents and in some cases offering or requiring vaccination.
It’s important to address the concerns of parents and caregivers that may be creating barriers to vaccine acceptance. Many parents have expressed concerns about long-term or serious side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine in children. Among Hispanic and Black parents, surveys have surfaced concerns around not being able to get the vaccine from a trusted source, believing that they would have to pay for vaccines, or difficulty in traveling to a vaccination site.
For school and district leaders who want to support vaccination among their students, staff, and teachers, Thriving Schools has developed a guide to setting up and managing a vaccine clinic at a school site. Additional resources to support you in talking with parents, students, and staff can be found below.
Quick Answers to Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids 5-11 in 30 seconds or less (Kaiser Permanente)
These short video clips allow you to navigate to specific questions about COVID-19 vaccines for Kids 5-11. Select just the question you have, or watch the playlist. You can find the full conversation by searching for “Full Q&A Video about COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids 5-11” on our website.
Full Q&A Video about COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids 5-11 (Kaiser Permanente)
This pre-recorded video presents a question-and-answer-style conversation hosted by Educational Theatre Keinya Lawrence, program coordinator with Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program, and Kaiser Permanente pediatrician, David Bronstein, M.D.
Managing a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at a School Site
Access to the COVID-19 vaccine is important for a safe and healthy community. This guide provides school administrators and health staff considerations for managing a vaccine clinic in partnership with a vaccine provider. Click the image below to download or print.
Vaccine Confidence Toolkit (Action for Healthy Kids)
Action for Healthy Kids has partnered with Kaiser Permanente to create and distribute information to districts, schools, and families regarding vaccination against COVID-19. This toolkit helps bring families and schools together to encourage and discuss COVID-19 vaccination in their communities.