Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2021. 4:54 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Back to school means new haircuts, new uniforms, new accessories, new school bags, and since kids won’t physically be in school for a while longer, perhaps a new laptop or tablet.
This Monday, it may also mean the jab of a needle for some students.
All-male secondary school St. John’s College (High School) has advertised dates next week for the vaccination of its student body at the campus Gymnasium.
Students aged 12 to 15 will get jabbed on Thursday, August 26 and their older fellows aged 16 and 17 will get the needle on Monday morning at 8 a.m. sharp.
A note from the school to parents reads, “Dear Parent / Guardian, IF YOU WOULD LIKE your son to receive the Pzifer vaccine, kindly take note of the following dates. If your son has an underlying health issue, please consult your physician before taking the vaccine.”
In its notice the school says students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian, submit their consent form as above and present a valid identification card.
We know of at least one other school which sent consent letter forms to parents on vaccination.
Vaccination of children aged 12 to 17 begins on Monday countrywide but as Minister of Health and Wellness Michel Chebat maintains, it is strictly voluntary, though ideally the Ministry would like to see a majority of students vaccinated both to reach herd immunity and also to hasten the return of face to face learning by October as stated by Prime Minister John Briceño.
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