Starting Wednesday, Fort Worth ISD will begin efforts to bring vaccine clinics to school campuses.
Perrone Pharmacy has partnered with FWISD to offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to students ages 12 and older, with the permission of parents. The pharmacy is providing nearly 3,000 vaccine doses to the participating FWISD schools.
"We are the traveling road show. What we do is we go to different sites. We did Meals on Wheels, we’ve done some homeless shelters, just a variety of different places including companies," pharmacy owner Paula Perrone said. "When the schools reached out and said they had a real need, we thought…this is great, so we can be part of the community. We can be right here in Fort Worth."
In total, vaccine clinics are scheduled at 14 different campuses between May 19 and May 27. Two vaccine clinics will be held each day at two different schools. High school freshman Thomas Spradlin was among the first to be vaccinated at Arlington Heights High School on Wednesday.
"It was super easy. I didn’t even notice I got it," Spradlin said.
Spradlin, a freshman at Arlington Heights High School, was accompanied by his mother Mary Spradlin on Wednesday.
"I am just really hopeful this means next school year will be really normal. No more hybrid, no more home, no more uncertainty," she said. "We had no idea how good we had it, getting to go to school every day, be with all the people in the classroom. We’re excited to getting back to that."
Additional vaccine clinics will be followed at later dates in the following schools:
- North Side HS
- Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS
- R.L. Paschal HS
- O.D. Wyatt HS
- South Hills HS
- Western Hills HS
- Amon Carter-Riverside HS
- Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
- Trimble Tech HS
- Benbrook Middle-High School
- Polytechnic HS
- Southwest HS
- Eastern Hills HS
Vaccine clinics will run from 3:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Parents of FWISD students are also eligible for vaccination, according to FWISD spokesperson Clint Bond.
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