The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved for children age 5 to11. As the vaccine becomes more available in the days and weeks to come, Thriving Schools is working to provide school and district leaders as well as parents with the information needed to ensure that school communities are able to get vaccinated expeditiously.
We’d like to draw your attention to these helpful resources.
- Schools are a focal point for health access and information in their community, and as such serve as an ideal place to support community vaccination. Managing a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at a School Site offers advice for school administrators and health staff when managing a vaccination clinic in partnership with any vaccination provider.
- If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about getting your 5- to11- year-old vaccinated, or if you’re a school leader preparing to answer questions from parents, take a moment to watch these recorded conversations between parents and Kaiser Permanente pediatric infectious disease specialist and pediatrician David Bronstein, MD, about the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Whether your school hosts a vaccination clinic or not, parents will continue to turn to you for your knowledge, expertise, and opinions when it comes to matters concerning their children, and this includes the COVID-19 vaccine. To assist in preparing school administrators and staff for these conversations, Kaiser Permanente has partnered with Action for Healthy Kids to develop the COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Toolkit. You’ll find tips on how to build trust, open lines of communication, and collaborate with various audiences to help them make the most informed decisions about their health. There are also links to downloadable flyers to hang in your schools, offices, and community buildings as well as other resources to promote vaccine confidence.
Getting school communities fully vaccinated is critical to ensuring that students can continue in-person learning and all members of the community can stay safe and healthy. Find the COVID-19 resources noted here (and many more) throughout the Thriving Schools website. We hope you find these helpful in your efforts to support COVID-19 vaccinations in your community.