MPS schools begin to administer COVID-19 vaccines for children 5-11

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The COVID-19 vaccine could soon be available at your child's school.

Starting Monday, Nov. 8, Milwaukee health officials say they'll bring vaccines for kids ages 5-11 to many different schools in the Milwaukee area.

"I'm just going to go get the vaccine," 9-year-old Bernadette Lawrence-Dively told CBS 58, as she walked into Hartford University School Monday morning.

The library was temporarily transformed into a vaccine clinic, with vaccinators from the City of Milwaukee Health Department and Children's Wisconsin. 

"It's truly amazing to walk in, to see young people receive their vaccinations," Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley said.

The dose is only one-third the size of what mom and dad got. Plus, there are more stickers and stuffed animals to hold onto during the quick poke.

"A key tenant of public and community health is to bring the services to where the people are and to where they are most comfortable," City of Milwaukee Medical Director Dr. Heather Paradis said. "For many children and families, that is at school."

There hasn't been any discussion on whether or not the vaccine will become mandatory for Milwaukee students. With more kids eligible, Posley anticipates fewer school closures and more time in the classroom.

"This is a golden opportunity to make sure all of our schools are able to stay open, and we can help mitigate the (spread) of COVID-19," Posley said.

There are several clinics planned across Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) in the coming days and weeks. They require parental consent. 

The school vaccine clinic schedule is below: 

  • Hartford University School 2227 E. Hartford Avenue 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Townsend Public School 3360 N. Sherman Boulevard 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 9
  • Marshall High School 4141 N. 64th Street 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • St. Margaret Mary 3950 N. 92nd Street 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 10
  • Brown Street Academy 2029 N. 20th Street 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Ascension All Saints Family Health Center 2400 W. Villard Avenue 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Catholic East Holy Rosary 2038 N. Bartlett Avenue 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 11
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace 233 W. Euclid Avenue 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Longfellow Public School 1021 S. 21st Street 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, November 12
  • Barack Obama High School 5075 N. Sherman Boulevard 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Kilbourn Public School 5354 N. 68th Street 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Monday, November 15
  • St. Roman 1810 W. Bolivar Avenue 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • St. Rafael 2251 S. 31st Street1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 16
  • UWM Union 2200 E. Kenwood Boulevard 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Northwest Catholic 7140 N. 41st Street 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 17
  • St. Thomas Aquinas Academy 341 E. Norwich Avenue 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Ascension All Saints Family Health Center 2400 W. Villard Avenue 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, November 18
  • St. Charles Borromeo 3100 W. Parnell Avenue 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Victory K8 & Italian Immersion School 2222 W. Henry Avenue 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, November 19
  • Allen-Field Elementary 730 W. Lapham Boulevard 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Prince of Peace 1114 S. 25th Street 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 22
  • Bethune Academy 1535 N. 35th Street 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • St. Catherine 2647 N. 51st Street 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 23
  • LaFollette Public School 3239 N. 9th Street 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary 2308 W. Nash Street 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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