Dear District 58 Families and Staff,
As you may know, the FDA recently authorized the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 12-15. Community High School District 99 and Hinsdale Township High School District 86 are partnering with Osco Pharmacy to host two upcoming vaccine clinics. I am pleased to share that they are inviting eligible District 58 students and the children of staff (ages 12 and up) to participate in these clinics as well! This vaccine opportunity will be free of charge. Please know, while District 58 encourages students ages 12-15 to get the vaccine, it is not a requirement.
We are currently waiting for Osco to update its vaccination clinic registration process to permit parents to sign up their 12-15-year-old children. We anticipate that the process will be complete by the end of this week, and we will notify you as soon as their registration system is ready. Although this is a first-come, first-served opportunity, there are 6,000 doses available, so anyone who wishes to receive a vaccination should be able to do so.
Here is the clinic information:
Hinsdale Central, 5500 S. Grant St., Hinsdale
Enter through Door 5, located on Grant Street
Dose 1: Thursday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dose 2: Thursday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downers Grove South High School, 1436 Norfolk St., Downers Grove
Enter through the Main Entrance
Dose 1: Wednesday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dose 2: Wednesday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In order to participate in this vaccination clinic, families must complete the following steps:
1. Register for an appointment. We will communicate the registration link when it is ready to accept sign ups for children ages 12-15. When you register for the first dose, you will automatically get registered for the second dose at the same location and time, three weeks later.
2. Print out and complete the Informed Consent for Immunization form. Parents/guardians need to sign this form if their student is under the age of 18, and the student will need to present the completed form to Osco on the day of their appointment. If you and/or your student is unable to complete the consent form in advance, there will be print copies available onsite when they come for their appointment. However, students under the age of 18 must still have their parents/guardians sign the form in order to get vaccinated.
3. Make a copy of the front and back of your family's insurance card. If you are unable to make a copy, we ask that students please bring the card with them on the day of their appointment. Please note that you do not need to have medical insurance in order for your student to receive the vaccine. If you do not have insurance, your student simply needs to let the staff from Osco know that when they check in for their appointment.
4. Inform your child’s school. If an appointment is made during the school day, families are asked to let their school offices and teachers know what time and day their appointment is, and arrange to make up any work that may be missed. Additionally, parents are asked to inform the school of their plans on the day of the vaccination appointment. Parents/guardians may keep their child home for the day, or have their child participate in a partial day of school. Parents/guardians are responsible for transporting their child to and from the vaccination site. They must also accompany their child at the vaccination site.
We will send an update when registration is officially open to 12-15-year-olds.
Dr. Kevin Russell
Superintendent of Schools