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KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Public Schools students at least 16 years old are invited to get their COVID-19 vaccine this week.

The district is hosting a vaccination clinic alongside the Family Health Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at King-Westwood Elementary, 1100 Nichols Road, the district said in a social media post. Call 269-488-0804 to schedule an appointment.

The clinic is open to students 16 and older and staff at KPS, the district said. Students who are 16-17 are required to complete a parental release form, which can be found on the district’s website.

The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be given Thursday, and students are required to come back for a second dose three weeks later on Thursday, May 20, the district said. Attendees are required to wear a mask at the clinic, and should wear clothing that allows easy access to their upper arm.

The Pfizer vaccine is the only one approved for people as young as 16. According to vaccination data from MDHHS, 24.3% of Michigan residents age 16-19 have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Of the same age group, only 7.7% have received both doses of the vaccine.

The state’s top seven counties in new daily cases of COVID-19 are now all in West Michigan: Muskegon, Oceana, Barry, Ionia, Newaygo, Mason and Montcalm, according to data released Wednesday.

A total of 189 students and staff at 41 K-12 school districts have been infected by coronavirus in new school-related outbreaks, according to data released Monday, April 26, by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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