PROVIDENCE, RI – In an effort to increase vaccination rates among its elementary school population, the Providence Public School District will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics for ages 5 and up at five schools where student vaccination rates are below 20%. Newly vaccinated children will receive toys donated by Hasbro, while families of those newly vaccinated will received $25 grocery gift cards donated by Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.
Families and members of the public can sign up at www.providenceschools.org/vaxboost. Spanish interpreters will also be on-site at each clinic. The clinics are scheduled during family-friendly hours from March 21 to 23 as follows:
· Monday, March 21: 5 to 7 p.m. at Leviton Dual Language Academy, 65 Greenwich St.
· Tuesday, March 22: 5 to 7 p.m. at Harry Kizirian Elementary School, 60 Camden St.
· Tuesday, March 22: 5 to 7 p.m. at Webster Avenue Elementary School, 191 Webster Ave.
· Wednesday, March 23: 5 to 7 p.m. at Mary Fogarty Elementary School, 199 Oxford St.
· Wednesday, March 23: 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. at George J. West Elementary School, 145 Beaufort St.
This latest effort is part of the District’s #VaxBoost initiative. Since late February, #VaxBoost efforts have vaccinated over 500 greater Providence residents through booster clinics for ages 12 and up, family clinics for ages 5 and up, and in-school vaccination clinics for grades 9-12.
The #VaxBoost initiative has included educational components, from informing families of changes to their elementary school’s current student vaccination rate, to sharing frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccinations.
Most recently, Providence Public Schools partnered with United Way 2-1-1 to host a call center of Spanish-speaking doctors from the community to answer families’ confidential questions and concerns related to COVID-19 prevention, treatment and vaccinations.