The Pfizer vaccine, currently being administered at a clinic hosted by West Leyden, is approved for users 12 years and older. This is great news, as our schools are working diligently to get students back to full, in-person learning by the start of the 2021-22 school year. Vaccination is an important part of the process.
West Leyden, in partnership with the Cook County Health Department, continues to host a six-week COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The vaccines will be administered free-of-charge, and please note, for those under the age of 18 years old, a parent or guardian will need to be present at the time of the vaccination.
The clinic hours have been adjusted to offer more availability during evening hours and will now be open 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The clinic will provide 400 daily doses for members of our communities. No appointment necessary! The clinic is being managed by the U.S. National Guard.
We encourage Leyden families and students who are eligible to participate in the clinic. There is no requirement for students to receive the vaccine in order to attend school, now or in the fall. However, we believe that the more students who are vaccinated, the safer the environment becomes for everyone. In addition, another benefit to being vaccinated is that if/when a student is identified through contract tracing as needing to quarantine, they will not have to and may continue attending school and extra/co-curricular activities as long as they are asymptomatic.