November 3, 2021
Dear RSU 1 Families and Staff:
The CDC has authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old this week. Vaccinating our children is the next step we can take in helping keep students in school and activities. We are pleased to offer a school-based vaccine clinic in collaboration with Mid Coast Hospital. Mid Coast Hospital is also offering a community-based children’s vaccination clinic November 8 – 17 at Coffin School in Brunswick. The most convenient way to get your child vaccinated is at one of these clinics.
Local COVID-19 children’s vaccination clinics:
November 8 – 17
Coffin School, Brunswick
Morse High School, Bath
How to sign up your child for a COVID-19 vaccine:
To sign your child up for the clinic at Morse High School (11/19), please complete the linked CONSENT AND TRANSPORTATION PACKET and return to school by November 15, 2021. This is a two shot series- vaccine #2 will be given during our 12/10 clinic. The Consent Packet must be signed by a parent or guardian. Please skip question 1 on the CDC Pre-Vaccination Checklist regarding how your child feels, if your child is feeling unwell, please keep them home. If you don’t have a printer and need a consent packet sent home, please let your school secretary know. If you plan to bring your child to the vaccine yourself, you still need to turn your paperwork in at their school as Mid Coast needs to know the total number of vaccines to bring to MHS. Your paperwork will be at MHS when you arrive.
To sign your child up for the Mid Coast Hospital clinic at Coffin School (11/8-11/17), please visit www.midcoasthealth.com/vaccine to make an appointment.
We understand that everyone’s path to health is different. Below are some important things Mid Coast would like us to consider when making a decision about COVID-19 vaccination for your child.
The vaccine was authorized after studies showed it is safe and effective.
COVID-19 virus variants are causing widespread infections among young people in Maine. The Pfizer vaccine is effective against the variants.
The vaccine will help prevent your child from transmitting the virus to others.
Getting your child vaccinated before the holiday season will help protect your child, as well as friends and family, from COVID-19 infection.
The FDA & CDC have more information about COVID-19 vaccination for children age 5-11 years that can be read about here: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens
We urge you to stay safe by continuing to follow CDC guidance. Wear a mask indoors in public settings or gatherings, continue to practice hand hygiene, and get a COVID-19 vaccine booster if it is recommended for you.
Thank you for doing your part to protect yourself, your family, and our community during this time so we can keep students learning in school.
Patrick Manuel Katie Joseph
Superintendent Assistant Superintendent