MILWAUKEE - Clinics and classrooms! Kids can now get their COVID-19 vaccine at school as Milwaukee Public Schools is now hosting five walk-in clinics for those who are eligible. All youth will need a consent form signed by a parent/guardian, and no appointment is required.
All Wisconsin residents age 12 and older are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is expanding vaccine eligibility based on guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the vaccine is safe and effective for this age group.
With tables and syringes set up in the gym, the activity being seen there is the fight against COVID-19.
"We want to make sure our community is safe, we want to make sure our community is healthy," said MPS Superintendent Keith Posley.
Rogers Street Academy is one of five Milwaukee Public Schools that will hold Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics twice a week for families.
Superintendent Posley says the district and health department wanted to make access convenient.
"We are just elated to be able to offer the services to our families," Posley said.
As the virus continues to spread, Nick Tomaro with the city's health department encourages the shot.
"This vaccine has shown to be incredibly safe and effective – so we have no hesitation," Tomaro said. "From our end, we think it’s critical obviously it’s the best way to protect your children, yourselves, and the community."
They are mitigation efforts that are welcomed, especially by educators. After several schools and classrooms had to close due to positive coronavirus cases shortly after the return to in-person learning, the president of the teachers union feels these clinics are good news – as teachers look ahead to the last few weeks of school and even ahead to classes in the fall.
"It’s good news, clearly vaccines are key to returning to some level of normalcy," said Amy Mizialko.
No appointments are required – and clinics will operate according to demand.
MPS COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
No clinics on Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day)
Mondays and Wednesdays - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- Morse Middle School - 6700 N. 80th Street, Milw., 53233
Mondays and Fridays - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- Rogers Street Academy - 2430 W. Rogers Street, Milw., 53204
Tuesdays and Thursdays - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- North Division High School - 1011 W. Center Street, Milw., 53206
- South Division High School - 1515 W. Lapham Blvd., Milw., 53204
Wednesdays and Fridays - 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- Roosevelt Middle School - 800 W. Walnut Street, Milw., 53205