Yakima-area high schools start vaccination challenge

'Race For Community Immunity' encourages students to get the COVID-19 vaccine
Yakima Health District High School Covid 19 Vaccine Challenge
Source: Yakima Health District
Five high schools in Yakima County are competing in a school spirit challenge to see how many students at each will get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. —  Five high schools in Yakima County are competing in a school spirit challenge to see how many students at each will get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Yakima Health District kicked off the Race For Community Immunity on Wednesday to encourage students to get vaccinated. Participating schools include Davis High School, Eisenhower High School, Yakima Online, La Salle High School and Toppenish High School.

“We thank the Yakima Health District for collaborating with districts in this spirited campaign to increase the access and visibility of information about vaccines and vaccine clinics in Yakima, especially those at schools (with parent permission) that provide easy access for our busy families,” Yakima School District officials said in a news release.

To participate in the challenge, students must be enrolled at one of the five schools, be 16 or older and identify themselves as students if they get vaccinated at the community vaccination center at State Fair Park or at one of the mobile vaccine clinics.

“If students in participating schools, received their vaccine at a different location, the school can inform the Yakima Health District to count towards the school’s percentage,” the release said.

If a student is under the age of 18, they will need their parent or guardian’s permission to get vaccinated, unless they are legally emancipated. The challenge will end on June 30, 2021.

The health district will provide weekly updates on its Facebook page about the schools’ progress. While there’s no prize, health district officials said the winning school gets to hold the title for having the highest percentage of students vaccinated.

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