Walla Walla County Health Department hosts vaccine clinics at local schools

COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. – This week the Walla Walla County Health Department is hosting a series of vaccine clinics at local schools and district building.

Their first kicked off at College Place High School, which was open to both eligible teens and the public.

Healthcare volunteers were on site to distribute the Pfizer vaccine which 16 year olds are eligible for, as well as the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Principal Robert Aguilar said he hopes students and staff getting vaccinated will lead them to a more normal school year next fall.

“It’s one step getting us back to a pre-COVID world where school feels like a little more what we’re used to but certainly it feels great seeing all these young people coming here and deciding that they’re going to contribute and get the vaccination and; hopeful is the best word to describe it,” he said.

Students under 18 years old had to have a permission slip from their parents, unless they’re emancipated.

Senior at College Place High School and Wrestling Team Captain Jessie Hernandez said he got vaccinated to enjoy the rest of his school year.

“I can’t afford you know, getting COVID, especially now since it’s my senior season in my most favorite sport so just being able to get vaccinated and just knowing it’s something that helps me a little bit more to not get it is a big reason why I got it,” Hernandez said.

The vaccine clinic at CPHS was one of five the Walla Walla Health Department is hosting this week.

  • Wednesday, May 12th, 9-11 AM at Prescott School District
  • Thursday, May 13th, 9 AM to 12 PM at Columbia School District
  • Thursday, May 13th, 2:30-5 PM at Touchet School District
  • Friday, May 14th, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Walla Walla High School

The clinics are open to all community members over 16; anyone who wants the Johnson and Johnson vaccine must be over 18 years old.

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