UPDATE: Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Fayette County

UPDATE from July 6, 2021:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The first day of COVID-19 vaccine clinics took place Tuesday afternoon. Healthcare providers at Frederick Douglass High School say they had a good turnout and were encouraged to see the younger population coming in.

According to healthcare workers, only 18% of kids aged 12-18 have received their shots. These professionals are hoping the free clinics will help the vaccination rate go up, especially before in-person learning resumes this fall.

The vaccination clinics will continue Wednesday and Thursday from 1-6 p.m. at locations listed below. The second dose of the vaccine will be given to those who participated later in July. Kids who receive a shot during these clinics will be fully vaccinated before school starts.

For more information and registration, visit www.fcps.net/vaccines.

Original story below from July 2, 2021:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – There’s still plenty of summer left to enjoy, but Fayette County Public Schools is already making plans for in-person learning next school year.

To increase the number of students who are fully vaccinated for the start of school, FCPS has partnered with the City of Lexington, HealthFirst Bluegrass, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, and Wild Health to offer FREE COVID-19 vaccines at convenient school locations on July 6, 7, and 8 and July 27, 28, and 29.

Individuals who receive both their first and second dose at these clinics would be fully vaccinated the first week of school and may not have to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 in the future.

Everyone 12 years of age or older is eligible to be vaccinated at no cost.

Vaccination clinics will be offered from 1 to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

  • July 6 (second dose on July 27): Bryan Station High, Frederick Douglass High, Lafayette High, Paul Laurence Dunbar High, Tates Creek High, and William Wells Brown Elementary*
  • July 7 (second dose on July 28): Crawford Middle, Edythe J. Hayes Middle, Leestown Middle, Lexington Traditional Magnet (LTMS)*, STEAM Academy, and Winburn Middle
  • July 8 (second dose on July 29): Cardinal Valley Elementary*, Jessie Clark Middle, Martin Luther King Academy, Mary Todd Elementary*, Southern Middle, and 100 Midland Avenue (the former Herald-Leader building).

HealthFirst Bluegrass will be available at these locations to complete athletic physicals for students who are signed up to receive the vaccination! Reserve a spot to receive a physical by calling 859-288-2425. 

Everyone is encouraged to sign up at fcps.net/vaccines to receive the vaccine. If a student is between the ages of 12 and 17, a parent/guardian will need to complete an online consent form, or be present at the vaccination clinic to provide consent.

When registering, people are encouraged to reserve a spot for both the first and second dose. Sites are open to everyone, regardless of school enrollment, attendance, or residence.

Besides the health benefits, participants also have another incentive to get vaccinated:

  • All individuals who get vaccinated at one of the #FCPSCommunityImmunity clinics will receive two free tickets to an upcoming Lexington Legends game and be entered into a drawing for the “Total Legends Experience,” which includes parking passes, a full tour of the facility, batting practice on the field with the team before a game, a luxury suite for the game, and complimentary food/non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Everyone who receives a vaccine at one of the #FCPSCommunityImmunity clinics will also be entered into a drawing to win four UK Football season tickets.

These clinics will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which is administered as a shot in the arm as a series of two doses, three weeks apart. Studies show this vaccine is 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 illness.

For more resources about the vaccine and its efficacy, visit fcps.net/vaccines.

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