GET VACCINATED: Here's where - and why - students 12 and older should do it as soon as possible
Health officials are encouraging parents of children 12 years and older to get their children fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the beginning of the school year.
Here are a few reasons why.
Masking guidance from the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health is evolving, but - currently - all unvaccinated students will be required to wear masks indoors when the 2021-2022 school year starts.
Additionally, unvaccinated students 12 years and older will be required to quarantine for 10 school days if they are identified as a close contact to a confirmed COVID case, and they will not qualify for remote instruction while they quarantine.
Students who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine if exposed to someone with COVID-19, leading to fewer disruptions to their ability to attend school, participate in sports, or spend time with their friends.
“We all want to see students safely return to in-person learning this upcoming school year," said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of DuPage County Health Department. "By getting them fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they will be able to focus on the experiences that matter most.
“COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.," continued Ayala. "Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history. Since it takes about five weeks to achieve full vaccination and protection, we are urging parents to get their children 12 years and older vaccinated as soon as possible to help keep them and their friends safe this school year.”
Now that you know why to get vaccinated, where should you go to get your student vaccinated?