Fayetteville, N.C. — As fears over the new coronavirus Delta variant worsen, and vaccination rates stall, Cumberland County health officials are pushing for eligible students to get vaccinated.
Cumberland County Schools, in partnership with Cape Fear Valley Health, is hosting walk-in COVID vaccination clinics for students 12 years and older and their families.
Nine different high schools across the county will be administering vaccines in the coming weeks.
All of the clinics run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine doled out on Wednesday.
According to state data, only 27% of people in the county are fully vaccinated. That’s far below the state and national average in coronavirus vaccination rates.
School leaders say getting children vaccinated speeds up the process of getting back to “normal” inside classrooms.
Shirley Bolden, director of Health Services for the school system, says there are several reasons parents should make sure their children are vaccinated before school starts.
“The biggest win here for all of us is that kids won’t have to be quarantined if they’re exposed,” she said. “Athletics won’t have to be excluded from practices or the big game if they are exposed and we can limit the number of people that are testing positive in our community.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that vaccinated teachers and students don’t have to wear masks. But, state health leaders still say that children should continue to wear masks inside school buildings, even if they are vaccinated.
No appointment is needed.