Barrington parents quick to register their children for vaccine

Nearly 100 register just hours after schools announce clinic

Posted 5/14/21

Less than three hours after the superintendent of schools sent out an email on Thursday announcing that there would be a Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the middle school for students ages 12 to 15, …

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Barrington parents quick to register their children for vaccine

Nearly 100 register just hours after schools announce clinic

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Less than three hours after the superintendent of schools sent out an email on Thursday announcing that there would be a Covid-19 vaccination clinic at the middle school for students ages 12 to 15, nearly 100 students had already registered. 

The quick response left Barrington Fire Chief Gerald Bessette pleasantly surprised.

“I’m impressed,” Chief Bessette said. “I’m very pleased with the early response.”

The clinic is available to students ages 12-15 years old, as well as students 16 and older and their immediate family members. Parents must accompany any children 15 and younger when they receive a vaccination. A parent or guardian also needs to give consent when scheduling a vaccination.

The clinic was planned shortly after the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination received emergency authorization use for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15. 

The clinic will be held on two Saturdays — the first dose will be administered May 22, and the second on June 12. 

Chief Bessette said the clinic is available to all Barrington students as well as those who attend St. Andrew’s School, Barrington Christian Academy and St. Luke’s School. He said if the turnout is strong enough, the fire department has the ability to add more appointment slots.

“We can expand, based on need,” he said. 

Some students between the ages of 12 and 15 have already received their first doses of the vaccine, as officials began offering the shots at the larger state-run vaccination pods earlier this week. 

School officials are reminding students that vaccines cause a person’s immune system to respond.

“This is a sign that the vaccine, and your body’s immune system, are working,” stated the email from Barrington Superintendent of Schools Michael Messore. “People may feel some soreness in their upper arms, some aches, and fatigue, and other mild symptoms that can vary. This is entirely normal, and they will clear up in a few days. Some people may experience no symptoms… It is highly recommended that you remain hydrated on both vaccination days.”

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