UPDATE: Vaccinate Before You Graduate campaign extended to students ages 12 and up
(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- May 11, 2021) —Vaccinate Before You Graduate, the El Paso Independent School District and Immunize El Paso campaign to get as many students immunized against COVID-19 before the end of May, has been expanded to include students ages 12 and up.
The inclusion of EPISD students ages 12 and up is the result of new guidelines from the Federal Drug Administration that expands the use of the Pfizer vaccine to younger Americans.
Immunize El Paso will offer free vaccines to eligible students and their families, as well as faculty and staff, at each of EPISD’s traditional high schools. Middle-school students are asked to register at the high school nearest to their home campus.
“We are looking forward to celebrating graduations and the end of the school year with an additional sense of safety,” said Alana Bejarano, EPISD’s Director of Health Services.
The Vaccinate Before You Graduate clinics will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the following dates and locations:
May 17 at El Paso High & CCTA @ El Paso High
May 18 TMECHS & Chapin @ Chapin
May 19 at Irvin
May 20 Austin & Young Women's Academy @ Austin
May 21 at Burges
May 24 at Andress
May 25 at Franklin
May 26 at Coronado
May 27 at Jeff/Silva
May 28 at Bowie
All students aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. Students under the age of 18 must have parental consent. Please bring an official form of identification and a health insurance card if you have it.
Students and family members who wish to participate in the Vaccinate Before You Graduate program should register here: https://go.izep.org/episd.
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