With the goal of continuing to expand vaccination opportunities, plans are taking shape for a clinic at Corinth High School for students 16 and older.

The Corinth School District Board of Trustees gave approval Thursday night for Magnolia Regional Health Center to use the campus for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible students who have not already been vaccinated. Superintendent Lee Childress said the planning is in the early stages, but he expects the clinic to happen in late April with the second dose happening in May prior to the end of the school year.

He said the hospital is being challenged by the state to find ways to reach students, and the potential to eliminate much of the student quarantine time is seen as one of the big benefits.

“Once you are considered to be fully vaccinated, then you no longer have to quarantine,” said Childress.

The online learning option will still be there for students who did not get the vaccine and are exposed. However, some changes and limitations are likely to be introduced for virtual learning in the next few months.

“We’ve all learned a lot,” Childress said, about how the virtual experience should work.

Parents would have to give consent in order for a student to get vaccinated during the clinic. Magnolia would provide the staff to administer the shots and monitor those who have been vaccinated for any adverse reaction. An ambulance would possibly be stationed at the school as a precaution.

The school will likely file the vaccination cards so they don’t get lost between the two shots.

Additional clinics could be held in the future if needed.

Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for use in 16- and 17-year-olds.

There is some feeling among the board members that the vaccine will not continue to be optional for students.

“I would suspect in the near future it could be a required vaccination, period, and that means anyone who’s over 16 is going to have to have it in order to potentially attend a public school,” said Frank Davis.

Childress agreed it’s likely headed in that direction.

In other business, the board adopted the calendar for the 2021-2022 school year, retaining a three-week fall break and a two-week spring break. There had been discussion of possibly going back to a three-week break in the spring.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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